Seven-month Fight for Life
little drew's bloated belly was a sinister sign
my first pregnancy went really well. All my scans were fine, and on 23 August last year, my hubby Rob, 33, and I welcomed baby Drew into the world.
And that was where the plain sailing ended.
Drew took his first feed but, that afternoon, he refused another. He also hadn’t had a poo at all.
At 1am, I awoke to hear Drew being sick. His vomit was black, so I hurried to the nurses’ station.
‘Help!’ I cried.
Drew continued vomiting, and a nurse noticed that the vomit had turned green.
‘Green means infection,’ she said. Terrifying.
‘Drew has colonic atresia,’ the surgeon explained.
The rare condition meant Drew’s colon was incorrectly
Our poor boy was basically vomiting his own poo
formed, causing a severe obstruction in his bowel.
‘His waste reaches the blockage and just keeps building up,’ she added.
This meant that our poor boy was basically vomiting his own poo.
Drew would need a stoma bag for six months, to allow his intestines to grow.
We returned to the hospital in February for the stoma reversal surgery.
Three days later, it turned out that scar tissue had been torn, perforating his bowel. Surgeons stitched up the 2mm hole, and he was taken to ICU.
Rob and I were given a room at Acorn House.
Run by the Sick Children’s Trust, it offers families a place to stay, while loved ones are in hospital, meaning we could spend every moment with our boy.
But Drew still wasn’t out of the woods.
His belly became so swollen that it looked as if it could pop. Our poor baby’s bowel had ruptured this time. After more emergency repair surgery, doctors found small pockets of infection. Surgeons removed 30ml of pus, and reinstalled his stoma. Now a year old, Drew’s doing great and is nearly walking. Though he’ll need to be monitored for life, Drew will be cured of colonic atresia once his stoma is removed. For now, Rob and
I are enjoying being parents to our strong, miracle boy.
My brave littl’un in hospital
Drew is so much better
His tummy was huge