04 September 2009

Babies and serious illness

While your baby fights for his life in ICU, all you can do is wait and hope.

It’s never easy to see a loved one battling serious illness, but when the patient is your baby son, the sense of helplessness can be overwhelming.

Sumanda Maritz’s third son, Zaan, was diagnosed with a heart defect two days after birth.

The race against time
Zaan, the smaller one of twins, spent the first weeks of his life in neo-natal ICU. The next few months at home were a race against time to build up his weight and strength for the corrective procedure at approximately four months of age.

An unforeseen outcome
But it was not to be. At two months baby Zaan went into heart failure, and Maritz tells how Zaan was one of the smallest children to have this procedure in South Africa. Just when they thought that his recovery was going well, unforeseen complications set in.

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