FROM THE EDITOR

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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.

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