Baby Vi­o­let on way to re­cov­ery

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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

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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