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Baby Sergio's op postponed after his temperature spikes

BRAVE baby Sergio O'Connor has had his life-changing surgery postponed as a precaution.

The Dublin boy remained in a Boston hospital over the weekend awaiting an operation that could give him a whole new quality of life.

Sergio (13 months) was flown over by Government jet to the US last Monday from Crumlin Hospital.

The little boy has bravely battled a rare digestive syndrome from birth. He was born with a rare condition which has left him with an incomplete oesophagus which normally would link his mouth to his stomach.

To prevent his trachea from collapsing, the toddler has had to be fed via a tube directly into his stomach.

Speaking to the Herald from Boston, his dad Donal said that the operation was due to take place on Friday but Sergio had a temperature spike, so it was decided to do the operation next Wednesday, purely as a precautionary measure.

He said: "It took Sergio a few days to settle in, in terms of the flight, the climate and the different equipment. He was very much accustomed to his room in Crumlin. But he is coping well.

Smiling

"He already has a reputation in ICU of being the Irish boy who keeps on smiling."

Donal said that they are focusing on the positives, and the fact that they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

They are keeping in touch with the family back home via Skype.

"The Irish community in Boston have been superb. We have been inundated with offers of bringing dinners to the hospital," he said.

Donal added that his wife Rosa has been able to sleep in Sergio's room with him. Little Sergio has a twin brother Tadgh.

Sergio will be put into a deep coma as part of his treatment to 'grow' an oesophagus.

He is currently a patient at the Boston University Children's Hospital, which is one of only a handful of facilities in the world which undertakes the painstaking procedure, which can last between eight and 12 hours.

Sergio had been a patient at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin since birth, with only brief visits home allowed.

On each visit to his Donneycarney home, Sergio required full time medical supervision.

Meanwhile, fundraising efforts continue in a bid to raise the €100,000 that is required. Anyone who would like to donate to Help Sergio can log on to www.helpsergio.com.

fdillon@herald.ie


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