UPDATE: Aiden is home! After 4 months and numerous surgeries and stress he is home. Although he will require on going tube feeding and medications for quite a while. I would like to Thank everyone for their help throughout this journey so far you have all been a blessing.
While this is happening, I can only work very minimal hours at work which doesn’t leave much in the bank account after all of Aiden medications and Formula, trips back to Melbourne regularly to see a speech pathologist, clinical nutritionist and his surgical team. If you would still like to donate please know that it is going to a good cause, our sons health! And we are forever grateful for your generosity.
On The 13th of June our happy, healthy and thriving 6month old, Aiden, began vomiting and became very lethargic, little did we know it was the beginning of something much worse than gastro. On the 15th of June he was air lifted to the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and at this stage the cause was still unknown, but bowel issues were suspected. In the days to follow Aiden became non responsive and was rushed into surgery. They discovered an obstruction in his bowel which had almost taken his life. During surgery they removed his bowel from his body and held it together in a bag on the outside of his body for 24 hours to regain blood flow and oxygen, hoping to keep as much bowel as possible. 24 hours later they placed his bowel back into his body and he was left with a stoma to give his bowel as much rest as possible. 10 weeks later the stoma was reversed and bowel reconnected, unfortunately he lost almost half his bowel. It is still early days in Aiden's recovery as he is still being fed via IV and has a Nasogastric tube for stomach drainage, which he will most likely come home with.
Aiden is now 9 months old and despite everything he has been through he is the happiest little man who has a smile for everyone, this makes our journey a hell of a lot easier! When this ordeal began both myself and Aiden's father dean stopped working. When we realised it was not going to be a short stay Dean returned to work for 4 days a week, spending the other 3 at the hospital giving me a break. Our family and friends have been a blessing - visiting, making us food, and providing us with much needed distractions.