Asael Kairo Govender - the ‘miracle baby’ as he was quoted to be in 2017 when he featured on the front page of The Rising Sun - is now two and is progressing well.

He was born on New Year’s Day, 2017 after an emergency caesarian as a result of his mum’s high blood pressure and diabetes and diagnosed with rare medical phenomena known as Pierre Robin Sequence. According to Asael’s pediatrician, oThongathi-based Dr. QA Sayed, when Asael was born it was noticed that his cleft pallet, his small tongue, and small jaw, was retracted.

In an interview with The Rising Sun, little Asael’s mom, Stephanie Govender, said, “Aseal was discharged from hospital after spending 80 days under medical care and undergoing a major operation - a Manduliar distraction undersized or recessed lower jaw, (micrognathia). This can result in a baby having difficulty breathing, eating, and sleeping”.

She explained that mandibular distraction osteogenesis is a surgical procedure that lengthens the lower jaw and pulls the tongue forward to open the airway.

“At two months old Asael had this surgery done and was in recovery for a further 6 weeks. I was told he would not be able to speak or hear and have difficulty in eating. He also had a cleft pallet (opening in the upper lip that may extend into the nose or palate, causing feeding problems, speech problems, hearing problems, frequent ear infections. Surgery was carried out when he was 9 months old”, she said.

“My little baby boy who had been through so much and by the grace and favor of God, he is now 2-years-old and is able to speak and hear extremely well as any normal child born”.

“I am truly grateful to the Lord Almighty Jesus Christ for always protecting my precious little son after going for his follow-up check-up recently and finding out all is well with my baby I am so relieved God is truly amazing and with having faith I trust that Asael will grow up to be a fine young man”, she said.

“I would like to thank my parent's each and every person who stood by my side caring for my baby and assisting me in giving him all the love and support and being patient with him. He is truly blessed and highly favored. To all the moms out there with sick babies: when you feel like God is not listening, please remember never give up because he would not give you these test if he didn’t think you can handle it. He comes through in the 11th hour”, she concluded.

 

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