To­day we can start liv­ing as a fam­ily in our home - Krys­tle At­tard

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel At­tard in London

“We can now start liv­ing as a fam­ily.”

These were the words of Krys­tle At­tard to The Malta In­de­pen­dent yes­ter­day. Three months ago she gave birth to her daugh­ter Jordie. When she was 35 weeks preg­nant she had to give birth be­cause her gy­nae­col­o­gist told her that the baby had prob­lems in her stom­ach which could be fa­tal un­less she de­liv­ered.

Ms At­tard said that the con­di­tion of her daugh­ter was di­ag­nosed when she was 32 weeks preg­nant and was de­scribed to her by doc­tors as very se­ri­ous and if ac­tion was not taken the un­born child would lose her life.

Ms At­tard ex­plained that Jordie was born on 16 Au­gust and her hus­band, Stephen Zam­mit, to­gether with their daugh­ter had to leave Malta some days later to come to King’s Col­lege Hospi­tal in London.

The day af­ter they ar­rived in London, Jordie had her first op­er­a­tion which was a suc­cess and dur­ing all this time the whole fam­ily re­mained in London and as Ms At­tard said, she found a lot of sup­port from the Malta Com­mu­nity Chest Fund Foun­da­tion, her hus­band’s work­place and fam­ily mem­bers.

Ms At­tard said that few weeks af­ter Jordie’s first op­er­a­tion she needed a sec­ond one which, “thanks to the med­i­cal team here at King’s Col­lege Hospi­tal was an­other suc­cess.”

Jordie spent the last three months re­cov­er­ing and re­ceiv­ing care from the med­i­cal team.

The father said that now this night­mare is over and we are happy that Jordie can now live a nor­mal life.

Ms At­tard said that this child has never been in her fam­ily home but to­day they start their jour­ney back to Malta and back to their nor­mal rou­tine which they miss a lot.

The Zam­mit fam­ily were yes­ter­day vis­ited by the Pres­i­dent of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at hospi­tal. The Pres­i­dent thanked the med­i­cal staff that took care of this new born and wished Jordie and her par­ents a full life.

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