FROM THE EDITOR
The plight of beautiful baby Eklavya Tawaka-sharma and his journey to wellness is heartbreaking.
As Luke reports on page 1, behind little Eklavya’s stunning blue eyes is suffering day in and day out.
The Tokoroa eight-month-old was born with severe grade three subglottic stenosis and has been in and out of hospital ever since.
The condition means he has an extremely narrow airway and cannot breath without a tracheostomy tube which was fitted almost immediately after birth.
Mum Molly Tawaka said she wouldn’t wish the condition upon anyone. ’’Without the tube he just wouldn’t survive,’’ she said.
So she never leaves her baby son’s side.
But there may be hope Starship children’s hospital can soon operate, and Eklavya’s tracheostomy would be removed.
A Givealittle page has been set up to support the family. donate visit givealittle.co.nz/cause/ eklavyatawaka.