Salima and Ali were thrilled to welcome their precious little girl into the world in September 2015. Their only concern over the next few months was Zara’s heavy breathing that sounded more like a very old man. In May 2016, Zara contracted a virus and her breathing became particularly laboured. A trip to the ER at the Alberta Children’s Hospital resulted in them getting some medications for the virus, but a particularly astute resident suggested that they be seen by a pediatric ENT specialist.
Soon they were called in to meet with ENT specialist, Dr. Drummond. In his office, he had specialized camera equipment that could go into Zara’s throat to see what was going on. Salima was shocked to see on the screen that there was a large cyst pushing against Zara’s voicebox. Dr. Drummond explained that these cysts could burst on their own and go away, or they could swell to the point that it would block her airway. Despite the fact that this was a condition that he had not seen for many years, he was very confident that he could go in and remove the cyst without damaging her voicebox or airway. They had a number of questions for Dr. Drummond and he had a frank answer to each of them … Salima and Ali trusted that he was the man for the job.
On the morning of the surgery, Ali met with the anaesthesiologist who suggested that instead of putting Zara under general anaesthetic that they could do the surgery with a local anaesthetic which gave the parents much relief. Just 40 minutes later, Dr. Drummond came out to say all went well and that one of them could go back to the recovery area to see her. Ali went back and walked right by Zara’s room because he didn’t recognize her cry…she had a new voice now that the cyst was gone!
After a bit of time in hospital to ensure she was completely well, Zara hasn’t looked back. It’s remarkable to Salima when she sees the before and after pictures of her little girl’s windpipe without the approximately 3cm cyst. They are so grateful that the team was able to fix it as quickly and safely as they did. They also say that Zara now uses her vocal chords to the best of her abilities on a regular basis!
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