The Toronto Star
Photo: Three days after undergoing a liver and kidney transplant, 8-month-old Zander Godsoe-Sheppared of Halifax is soothed by his mom Brooke in the intensive-care unit at SickKids.
Eyes the colour of a bewitching blue-grey sky before a storm. A feathering of barely-there brown hair. And a smile that comes easily and lights up his face. Zander is cute. Yes, Brooke Godsoe knows her baby boy is that. But don’t even think about touching him!
“It’s hard to get people not to touch him. I know he’s cute, but please, don’t touch him!” says Godsoe, smiling, but looking serious at the same time.
You can understand her fierce, maternal instinct to protect the little boy born in Halifax on June 2, 2011. Zander’s been through a lot and is not quite ready to rise to the challenge of his name, which means defender of mankind. He is still recovering from major surgery at SickKids after a same-day liver and kidney double transplant.
Although he’s doing well, the 17-pound boy is still very vulnerable to infections.
Zander’s immune system is weakened by anti-rejection drugs, which he’ll have to take for the rest of his life. That means he won’t be able to get immunization vaccines against chicken pox, for example, because you can’t put the vaccine’s virus into a child whose immune system has been compromised.