Our little girl Tate, was born on the 2 August 2004 at 9h30am.
She was three days short of thirty four weeks and weighed
1.8 kg’s. I was present throughout the entire C Section
as I took photo’s on a digital camera in order to show
my wife, Tabera, progressive pictures while Tate was being
taken out. Having done a little studying I knew that a healthy
bowel would be free on any dark blue and purple areas which
indicate atresias. Tate was then wheeled to the Neonatal Room
for the re-insertion procedure. The bowel was inspected for
atresias and size. Dr Rob Brown took a full forty five minutes
to re insert the organ. We were able to see Tate about an
hour later. I managed to get Tabera into a wheel chair that
evening to take her through to see our daughter. The following
morning Tate was taken off the ventilator.
Up until Thursday the 12th the fluid being aspirated from
the stomach was still very green, thick and far too much.
However very little was aspirated on the 13th and the fluid
was light yellow to clear which indicated that the bowel was
moving the fluid. 2ml feeds of expressed breast milk were
introduced every three hours. Unfortunately dark fluid was
again aspirated in high volumes the following day so Tate
was taken off her milk feeds. On Tuesday the 17th a small
dark stool was found in Tate’s nappy! This was great.
I never thought anyone would look so forward to seeing a dirty
nappy! Another stool was found in Tate’s nappy yesterday
and so progress continues. Tate is now on 4ml feeds every
three hours and she seems to be absorbing the food.
We now hold thumbs that her stools will become more progressive
thus increasing her feeds. If things go on as they are Tate
should be out at the end of next week. I do believe that Rob
Brown and his team are perfecting the treatment of Gastroschisis
as one should always compare the term of hospitalisation of
their little patients to that of other cases. It is very difficult
for the mother to leave her child each evening for the duration
of the hospital stay and becomes very traumatic for the mother,
however in hind site it is now easy to say that when one sees
the other challenges that face babies that are born without
defects such as Gastroschisis in the Neonatal Care one is
very happy with the small challenge we have to put up with
for those few weeks. The chances are so very high of our little
one never having to return to hospital for the same challenge.
The only reminder is her slightly distorted belly button which
will go on to tell many a tale when wearing her bikini!!!
21 December 2004
Our little Tate is growing steadily, developing her little
personality and attitudes. She now weighs 4.7kg’s. She
is still on breast milk which I encourage all mothers to continue
with for as long as possible. We have recently started to
introduce small amounts of rice cereal. One would never have
guessed that our little girl was born with a challenge. Although
her little belly button will tell many tales when wearing
her bikini, Dr Brown has done a great job in moulding a new
one during the insertion operation.
We now hold a very special place in our hearts for the great
team at Panorama Clinic and could never have enough energy
in this lifetime to express our continual gratitude for getting
our miracle Tate through the first part of her little challenging
14 March 2005
Tate now weighs 6.1kg’s and is growing steadily. Although
we have introduced solids, Tate is still on breast milk as
her staple diet. We have learnt that this is so important
for these little ones as their lives started out with a bumpy
ride on what I call the “silent killer” which
ironically kept them alive, TPN.
Both the Paediatrician and the surgeon are extremely happy
with Tate’s progress and they are very passionate about
sharing their findings with the medical world.
My findings on the internet were very disturbing and negative.
After meeting up with our team we knew every expectation in
detail however felt tremendously lifted since the first day
we found out. We have also found the need for education to
be provided to the clinics that offer foetal assessment as
we were devastated at the first news and soon thereafter having
to discuss termination. In our opinion termination is absolutely
out of the question regarding Gastroschisis! As mentioned,
each and every case done at Panorama Clinic has been successful
with minimal hospitalisation! Again I emphasize that the only
traumatic part of the Gastroschisis challenge was having to
leave our little girl each evening. This is were us husbands
need to find copious amounts of patience and loving tender
care for our wives!!!
Should there be any other “gastro parents” to
be out there that need some support and questions please do
not hesitate to contact me on the below email address.
Thank you for your time.
Troy, Tabera and tate
see Tate’s story and pictures on Dr Linnie Muller’s