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Brisbane Birth Photographer – The journey of Nate’s Open Heart surgery

The Journey of Nate's Open Heart Surgery

Brisbane's Birth Photographer Angie Petersen captured the birth of baby Nate on the 7th March 2016. A couple of weeks prior to his birth an ultrasound showed some defects to Nate's heart which was unknown to the extent of these issues until he was born. Nate has a very rare condition that the doctors have never seen all in one baby. He had 3 heart defects all together which would normally be in 3 different babies. When Nate was only hours old he was transferred to the Lady Cilento Hospital to undergo a 7hour Open Heart Surgery. It was all touch and go and if he wasnt operate on then and there then he would have passed away so had to be done. At 4.5weeks old he was just about ready to go home from hospital to then find out he was struggling to breath again so needed another open heart surgery. He was booked in for 13th April but the night before they found out he had a bladder infection aswell as a chest infection so surgery was delayed. On Monday 18th April the surgery went ahead for another 7hour Open Heart Surgery on this poor little man. 5 days later I go up to visit him to take these photos for his mum Amelia. Hes doing so well but still on alot of meds to keep him as pain free as possible. He even managed to give me a few smiles which I loved and he melted my heart. My birth clients are always so special to me and will always have a piece of my heart forever. I will be doing up a full blog post in due time on his whole journey from the birth through to coming home.

But for now here is some of his journey to see 🙂

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