Heart op baby Tayla will be home soon

2010-09-14 00:00

NOW six months old, little Tayla Grace Geddes has been discharged from Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg where she underwent open heart surgery on July 25.

Despite setbacks, her surgery was deemed a success and her mother, Heather Geddes, said she plans to return to Pietermaritzburg with her daughter tomorrow.

The girl was born at Medi-Clinic in March with three holes in her heart and a deviated septum. Her body was unable to separate oxygenated and deoxygenated blood and she required a constant stream of oxygen from a ventilator.

The surgery was tricky, as doctors discovered she was missing her thymus gland — an essential part of a child’s immune system. Her chest remained open three days after surgery for the swelling to subside.

“She is so much better, she is smiling a lot and is a lot more active,” said a happy Geddes.

Constant feeding tubes caused damage to the baby’s oesophagus, which will require repair at some point in the future.

“She is still battling with feeding, and she is battling to put on weight, but otherwise is doing well,” Geddes said.

She said she was grateful for the concern and support she received from friends, family and even strangers in Pietermaritzburg during the difficult surgery. “Coming home is a real blessing,” she said.


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