Riley was born on Friday the 13th March via C-section weighing 3.7kgs. The pregnancy was considered very normal with no complications.
Shortly after delivery in an attempt to breast feed Riley, he struggled with a blocked nose. After many attempts, nurses noticed Riley's rapid breathing which was later found to be 4 defects of the heart. After spending 10 days in the NICU, Riley was discharged. His weight and growth were closely monitored which was a slow progress.
At 3 months old Riley’s parents were told that he needed urgent open-heart surgery. They packed up in the heart of winter off to Christian Barnard Hospital where they met with Dr Pribut and Dr Vosloo.
Riley's operation was scheduled but interrupted by pneumonia. He unfortunately spent a week recovering in hospital before he could be operated on. On June 23rd 2015 Riley underwent his first and only open heart surgery. 9 hours later his parents were able to see him again.
Dr Vosloo explained the many complications, but they were able to succeed. Riley now has a permanent pacemaker which has recently replaced in June 2021.
“We've been incredibly blessed with very little complications apart from a delay in Riley's development. Today he is the most intelligent 7 year old. He has also recently been diagnosed with Autism but nothing stops this superhero ❤️”
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