Cardiology/Home Nutrition/ Unit 2
Baby Hunter came into the world five weeks early by c-section. Mum Kelli remembers a day or two going by before the doctors at the South Health Campus gave her and her husband Kevin “The Talk”. Hunter had an AVSD – which means a series of holes in his heart as well as valves that weren’t formed properly. This type of congenital heart defect is most common among children with Down Syndrome – which was the other news. Their little boy did in fact have Down Syndrome. Those first few months of his life, Hunter was in and out of hospital with several different issues including low oxygen levels. In the meantime, the Cardiology team at ACH began caring for Hunter’s heart and getting him worked up for his open heart surgery in Edmonton, which he had in December of 2015. With a successful heart operation under his belt, the next big challenge was to get Hunter to eat enough and gain weight. He also spent a week in hospital with a bout of viral pneumonia.
In September of 2016, Dr. Andrew Wong operated on Hunter and put a g-tube in his stomach, through which he’d receive a rich formula to help him become stronger and grow. This has been somewhat successful. Today, Hunter is sitting up on his own and rocking on his knees on the verge of crawling. He says quite a few words too. He sees Endocrine Clinic for his thyroid, Cardiology, Home Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and the Sleep Clinic. Mum Kelli is grateful for the wonderful team of caregivers Hunter has around him. They all know him and that’s peace of mind when they can’t be at the hospital on rare occasions. Their older daughter Emily loves Emily’s Backyard and thinks it’s named after herJ
In January, Hunter got very sick and had to be admitted because he had RSV, Bronchiolitis and pneumonia. He was admitted to the Yellow hallway of Unit 2 which is reserved for the most respiratory-compromised children.
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