A small child who has just turned 14 months old, woke up from a 5-day coma, and, knowing dad, smiled at him with the most priceless smile, which is capable of only children.
“This is a moment that I will cherish every piece of my heart”– told CNN’s Michael’s mom Emma Labuan. “To be really Frank, it was the happiest moment in my life. He’s a real miracle, and we were never prouder”.
The parents of little Michael and Emma Stewart Laboucan told me that she had been horrified when he discovered that their child is not one fine morning stopped breathing. Michael survived the cardiac arrest and the paramedics arrived on a call, had to use the defibrillator and a shot of adrenaline to stabilize his heartbeat. When they arrived at the hospital, the doctors put the baby into an artificial coma to protect the brain from further damage.
Emma and Stuart, who are raising 2 sons, I learned that Michael fibroma of the heart, a tumor that blocks the flow of blood to the heart of a child. The tumor grew up to 5 cm in width. It is a huge tumor in comparison with the size of his heart that does not exceed the size of the Cam.
The doctors said that the illness Michael is so rare that no doctor in Britain, where they live, has the expertise to remove the tumor. Emma remembers that the family was offered 2 options: either to wait in line for a heart transplant or to look for a surgeon in another country.
That’s when they found out about Boston Children’s Hospital, the hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, whose program of treatment of tumors of the heart boasts a 100% survival rate over the last 10 years.
“We studied the work of the hospital and especially surgeons Dr. Pedro del Nido and Dr. Tal geva”– said Emma. “They have an outstanding reputation. From the moment we realized that we must take this journey”.
Emma says that the operation will cost about $147 thousand, not to mention the cost of travel and so on. But the family plans to find a way to pay for the treatment of a child no matter what. They created a page to collect donations and the boy’s mother says they got responses from people from all over the world. “We are incredibly grateful!” – she adds.
The family hopes to go for surgery in April, and while they enjoy time together. “When you look at it, it looks like any other child. He always smiles widely. His older brothers dust it blow away. We are very grateful for him, even despite his medical difficulties”.