A 16-week old baby who has spent his whole life in hospital could soon be ready to move home after a complex operation on his stomach.
Wyatt Makwana was born on April 18 with a condition called congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH.
Wyatt and parents Brian Makwana and Sam Orner, from Pinfold Road, Castle Bytham, have travelled across the UK for specialist treatment.
This includes several operations, the latest of which was to put a twist in Wyatt’s stomach to stop him refluxing, in a complicated procedure known as Nissen’s Fundoplication.
But the brave little boy is recovering from his latest surgery at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. And if his recovery goes well, he could finally move home for the first time this autumn.
Dad Brian, who works for HSBC in Stamford, said: “He’s had quite a tough time coming back from the surgery. He’s built up a tolerance to the opiates and they have him on maximum at the moment. He also had an epidural.
“The strain on him is quite considerable and it’s difficult to sit there and watch him go through so much pain.
“But once he recovers in about two weeks he will start to improve and we could potentially get him home in October.
“It would be fantastic to get him home. The hardest thing at the moment is that he has literally stopped breathing five or six times. It’s heartbreaking seeing that, it really is.
“But he always comes straight back.”
Before his operation Wyatt, who has a tracheostomy to help him breathe, was beginning to bond with his parents. Brian said: “He was moving a lot better and we were really happy with his progress.”
Brian and Sam are in talks with South Kesteven District Council to move into a new, more suitable home in nearby Little Bytham. They are also trying to stay positive by raising money for the CDH UK charity and are just £4 short of reaching £1,000.
Brian and a team of friends will run the 20-mile Rat Race Dirty Weekend assault course at Burghley House next May. And thanks to Drew Sandham, director of South Witham firm Barnswell Timber Limited, who paid for their registrations, all the money raised will go to the charity.