Baby Violet on way to recovery
Violet Baril is on the road to recovery at Toronto Sick Kids Hospital thanks to an outpouring of community support and the wonders of modern medicine.
The daughter of Amanda Hosie and Gavin Baril of Brantford underwent open heart surgery days after being delivered a month early by emergency caesarean section on Sept. 22
“She’s being moved out of critical care and up to the neo-natal unit on the fourth floor,” Hosie, 29, said in an interview earlier this week. “We’re still in hospital and I think we might be here for awhile yet.
“But it’s one step closer to going home.”
Hosie is recovering from the C-section, which has affected her Type 1 diabetes.
“We knew she had a heart defect, we learned that during testing that was done prior to her birth,” Hosie said of Violet. “She had truncus arteriosus type 1.
“It’s a rare heart defect and we knew that she would need surgery to correct it after she was born.”
Babies like Violet only one common blood vessel coming out of their hearts instead of two – one for oxygen-rich blood and another for oxygen-poor blood. The consequence of the condition is that the two types of blood mix and as a result too much blood goes to the lungs and the heart must work harder to get blood to the rest of the body.
The condition is life-threatening without corrective surgery.
“Our original plan was to go to Mount Sinai in Toronto but, on Sept. 20, we went to McMaster Children’s Hospital (in Hamilton) for an appointment and we were told that we’d have to stay there,” Hosie said.
“They wanted to deliver her right away and so she was delivered by C-section a couple of days later.
“After that, they transferred her to Sick Kids. And I said that if she’s going, I’m going.”
While both mother and daughter are recovering, the ordeal has put a financial strain on the family.
Gavin is on parental leave to be available for both his wife and daughter. The time off work combined with additional travel expenses and the costs of rent, food and medication are making it difficult for the family.
Medication for Violet is covered by insurance but the medication Hosie needs isn’t.
Fortunately, friends, family and members of the community have rallied to support the family.
Hosie’s mother, Christal Hosie, and her aunt, Cheryl Knight, started a Go Fund Me account to help. As of Thursday afternoon, the fund had raised $6,210 toward its $10,000 goal.
“Having friends, family, community leaders and even anonymous donors pitch in to help my sister’s young family in their time of need really has restored my faith in people’s capacity for goodness when times get tough,” said Myles Hosie, Amanda’s brother.
“Amanda has had to contend with a real tough stretch of bad luck. So, the security these donations will provide Amanda, Gavin and Violet, will go a long, long way,” he said.
“These funds will be used to give Violet the best possible start her parents can give her.”
Both Amanda and Gavin also are grateful for the support.
“We’ve been really fortunate,” Amanda said.
“The doctors and medical teams have been amazing and we’ re so grateful for all the support we’ re receiving from family and friends.
“It’s a long road but it’s good to know that we’re not walking it alone.”
The Go Fund Me account can be found at https://www.gofundme. com/help-for-violet-and-family
Violet Baril, who is recovering from open heart surgery at the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital, is held by parents Amanda Hosie and Gavin Baril, of Brantford.