Brave young­ster Blake read­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal

Tests show Carnoustie boy is suf­fer­ing from very low sodium lev­els

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - ROB MCLAREN rm­claren@the­

A brave Tay­side boy who re­cently re­turned home to Carnoustie af­ter five weeks in hos­pi­tal has been read­mit­ted to Ninewells.

Five-year-old Blake McMil­lan, who suf­fers from MECP2 du­pli­ca­tion syn­drome, be­came se­ri­ously ill af­ter un­der­go­ing a rou­tine op­er­a­tion at the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Ed­in­burgh last month.

Doc­tors had to put him in an in­duced coma af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the vast ma­jor­ity of his large bowel was dead. It is be­lieved the young­ster re­acted to the anaes­thetic used for the surgery.

He was trans­ferred to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal on July 11 and was dis­charged on July 20 af­ter more than a month in hos­pi­tal. How­ever the young­ster was read­mit­ted on Wed­nes­day due to low sodium lev­els.

In an up­date on the Blake McMil­lan Face­book page, his mum Jenny said: “Blake is back in Ninewells.

“He was read­mit­ted on Wed­nes­day af­ter bloods be­ing taken that morn­ing and they dis­cov­ered his sodium lev­els were ex­tremely low.

“This can cause all sorts of prob­lems so they had to keep him in for ob­ser­va­tion.

“It was then thought he had a gut in­fec­tion but noth­ing has shown up. His feed was stopped and he was started on IV flu­ids.

“Last night his feed was recom­menced but very slowly. We will have to build this up over the com­ing days and hope­fully we can get back to his nor­mal rate of be­ing fed for 17 hours per day.

“They are ques­tion­ing whether he was strug­gling with the vol­ume of feed over 17 hours.

“He is well within him­self and has even given two wee chuck­les and one smile over the past two days so I am very chuffed about that.”

“He is well within him­self. BLAKE’S MUM JENNY

Blake McMil­lan, from Carnoustie, suf­fers from MECP2 du­pli­ca­tion syn­drome.

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