Date
23 September 2018
The family of Yu-yan, a year-old girl stricken with brain cramps after undergoing surgery at Queen Mary Hospital in December, has created a Facebook page to ask people to pray for her recovery. Photo: HKEJ/Facebook
The family of Yu-yan, a year-old girl stricken with brain cramps after undergoing surgery at Queen Mary Hospital in December, has created a Facebook page to ask people to pray for her recovery. Photo: HKEJ/Facebook

Baby girl fights for life after bile duct surgery

A year-old baby girl is still fighting for her life after undergoing surgery in late 2017, and is confirmed to be stricken with brain cramps, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing her family’s message on social media.

The distraught family of the baby, named Yu-yan, said Saturday night the doctor told them the brain disease is a common consequence of cerebral anoxia, a condition in which the brain is completely deprived of oxygen.

In a post on a Facebook page they created to ask people to pray for her recovery, the family said Yu-yan has to take anti-cramp pills regularly and is prone to suffer from hypersomnia, or excessive sleepiness.

On Dec. 8, a day before she turned one, Yu-yan, who has a congenital bile duct obstruction, underwent an operation at Queen Mary Hospital to connect her bile duct to the intestine to ease the obstruction.

After the surgery was successfully completed, the baby was moved to a general ward for monitoring. However, it was learned that she had no heartbeat and was not breathing.

After emergency treatment, her heartbeat resumed and she started breathing again, although she remained unconscious.

The hospital formed an interdepartmental task force to look into her case. The results of the investigation are still being awaited.

Feeling helpless, the baby’s family said all they can do now is do their best in taking care of her, adding that they have left everything to God.

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