Heart baby Tayla turns one

2011-03-18 00:00

WEARING a pink and white dress and purple butterfly wings, Pietermaritzburg’s heart baby, Tayla Grace Geddes, celebrated her first birthday on Thursday.

It has been a year filled with worry for this little girl’s family. Tayla Grace underwent surgery in July last year to repair her heart. She was born with three holes in her heart and a deviated septum, a displacement of the wall separating the chambers of the heart.

“I’ve had so many days where I’m emotional, and then you get a smile like this…” says mother Heather Geddes, leaning over a smiling Tayla Grace.

The Geddes family have stepped up to help with the care of baby Tayla Grace while Heather works. “My parents have been wonderful,” Geddes says and tells how granddad Neville Geddes takes the midnight feeding shift.

The staff at Medi-Clinic are also part of the family, adds grandmother Anne Geddes.

Sister Olga Braithwaite on the paediatric ward says that since her surgery, Tayla Grace has grown and is progressing well. She is now able to hold her head up and recognises voices. “We are very proud of our baby girl,” she said.

“She’s our little fairy,” says client services manager Reshnee Beekrum, to explain the Tinkerbell themed party thrown by the hospital.

Geddes says the hospitalisation was due to a throat and ear infection, and trouble with the baby’s feed. She is fed through a plug inserted into her tummy, but Geddes says this is the first time her daughter has fallen ill since going home in September last year. However, Geddes wouldn’t have changed a single moment of the last year. “She wouldn’t be who she is if she hadn’t gone through all this,” says Geddes. She adds: “Ag, I just love her to bits.”

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