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Meet Matthew

“Why isn’t my baby crying?” Cindy cried out, minutes after giving birth to her son, Matthew.

The first moments after his birth at Mowbray Maternity were very traumatic for Cindy as he was not crying or moving and she was not able to hold him. Concerned doctors rushed Matthew to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Cindy says, “It was a very stressful time for me, I thought I was going to lose my son.”

Doctors discovered that Matthew’s left side of his heart and aorta was smaller than the right side and was unable to send enough blood to his body. He was forced to undergo an operation that enlarged the valve leading to his heart, allowing better circulation to his lungs.

A little while after the operation, Matthew contracted pneumonia making it very difficult for him to breathe properly. He was put on a ventilator to help him breathe and the doctors treated the infection. Matthew is slowly regaining his strength.

With Matthew sleeping in the ICU, Cindy is comfortable leaving her baby boy overnight in Hospital. She knows he will be cared for and monitored throughout the night. So she says with a smile, “I can go home and rest in peace knowing my son is in good hands.”

The support that Cindy has received from her family, the mothers and the nurses in the ICU provided the support she needed through this tough and stressful time.

Matthew has a long journey ahead of him, but with the advanced equipment and skilled ICU staff at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, he is receiving the best access to healthcare possible.

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