We are Oluwatise’s Aunties, raising funds for her imminent heart surgery. She was born a few months ago and brought so much joy to hearts. When she was born, there were complications as she had an infection and stayed in Hospital for a week. After getting home from the hospital, Oluwatise’s mum watched her rapid breathing, slow weight gain, low energy, and cold, clammy sweating for several weeks. Oluwatise currently weighs 4.2kg at five months! The decline in her health has caused a lot of worry for us all. Her mum kept complaining at post-natal appointments at the General Hospital of Oluwatise’s breathing and swelling in her tummy but was reassured each time by the medics that it was nothing to worry about. In her first five months, she had two significant health scares that seriously affected her. First, at three months, she had acute bronchitis and struggled to breathe but was a trooper. Her 2nd major health scare worried us; 2 weeks ago, she was rushed to the emergency unit of the General Hospital and was diagnosed with Bronchitis Pneumonia. She could hardly breathe and has been on oxygen since then. Her vitals and temperature keep soaring between 37°C and 40°C (Bear in mind that the average temperature of babies should be around 36.4°C). All signs were pointing towards a serious health issue.
Oluwatise had an echo scan that confirmed she needs open heart surgery and has a congenital heart defect. She has been diagnosed with a complete atrioventricular septal defect; in simple terms, she has holes in her heart and pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs' arteries). The good news is surgery to repair a complete AVSD is usually very successful, and the fatality risks are very low. The truth is, it’s still scary thinking of the what-ifs. No one prepares you for something like this. At five months old, she has undergone what some adults would have struggled to survive, and she has been resilient. We are all so in love with our precious Oluwatise and want only the best for her. She is still on oxygen and receiving treatment for pulmonary hypertension. The Pediatric cardiologist is ensuring that she recovers fully from pneumonia and is ready and strong enough to undergo heart surgery. The plan is to have the surgery in a few weeks when Oluwatise is strong to travel to India, and we are staying strong and positive for Oluwatise and standing on God’s promises. We have prayed for God’s guidance to lead us right where He wants us to take our precious niece, no matter the distance. Oluwatise is truly in his hands, and everything has led us to Apollo Children’s hospital in Chennai, India. So thankful for all the love and support from everyone on this platform, including our new friends and family.
We are reaching out to you on this amazing platform in hopes of financial support and prayers for our baby Oluwatise. We will be traveling across continents for her surgery in less than 30 days, and your support and prayers would mean the world to our young family. Please share this with your family, friends, small group or community you are part of. We have four weeks to raise funds if we want to get Oluwatise to India for the planned surgery date, which will minimize the risk of permanent damage. We cannot reach the target with the people we know alone; it is a huge target. We, therefore, appeal to you all to donate generously towards Oluwatise’s surgery. We are immensely grateful for your prayers and contributions. Please consider any forums you could use to get the word out.