The Photo is Eden-Olive Gee before her ops.
A nine-month-old baby who has spent her entire life in the hospital is finally set to go home. Eden-Olive Gee is set to have an operation which could solve her oesophagus and stomach problems.
A precious nine-month-old girl who has spent her entire life in hospital is finally set to return home – providing a crucial operation is deemed a success.
Eden-Olive Gee was born with a condition known as oesophageal atresia which meant the top part of her oesophagus was not connected to her stomach. At just two days old she needed a lifesaving, five-hour operation to correct the problem. But doctors also discovered that Eden-Olive lacked an essential muscle responsible for keeping food down which gave her the “worst case of reflux” they had ever seen.
Another condition she has, called tracheomalacia, can stop her from breathing and lead to her turning blue when she cries. But on June 12, at exactly nine months old, the brave tot is set to undergo a pioneering operation. Eden-Olive’s mum Michelle Reeves, from Barry in Wales England, said: “We’ve had setbacks and tears along the way. “Although we are still in hospital we enjoy every second of her. I still can’t believe we made such a strong baby.” During her scans, mum Michelle was told her baby could be suffering from oesophageal atresia but they wouldn’t know for sure until the baby was born.
“Each time I went to the hospital I would go home in tears,” said Michelle, 33. “I loved my baby but I was petrified of her because every time I saw her on the scans I was being faced with more bad news.
“Pregnancy should be a happy, exciting time for a mum, but it was the most frightening thing that had ever happened to me.”
At what was to be her final scan at 35 weeks, the baby was showing signs of distress and just after 8 pm that same evening, Eden-Olive was delivered by emergency c-section weighing 3lb 8oz.
Michelle said she only had time to kiss her newborn baby’s tiny hand before she was taken away. “I felt numb. The most important part of me had been taken away. I didn’t get to see her until late the next morning.” An X-ray confirmed that Eden-Olive did have oesophageal atresia, a condition that needs urgent correctional treatment.