Sunday, November 22, 2015

An organ donor could have saved our son

The Telegraph UK | Jessica Jossen

LAURA AND JOE VAVASOUR WITH SEREN, NINE MONTHS, AND GABRIEL, ALMOST THREE CREDIT: KITTY GALE

It was on the day that her husband returned to work after paternity leave that Laura Vavasour first realised that all was not well with their newborn son. Having been alert and feeding well, at 17 days old Sebastian was struggling to feed and was unusually hot. Laura – who was in her final year of training to be a GP – was assured by her doctor that he was fine, but her instinct told her otherwise.

As she grabbed a bag that evening to take to A&E at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Sebastian turned grey in front of her. An hour later he was on a ventilator in intensive care, and Laura and Joe were warned that he might not survive the night.

That was July 2011, and Laura and Joe, now both 37, wouldn’t discover until much later that Sebastian suffered from a rare genetic condition that would cut his life tragically short as he waited for a heart transplant. Today, with Christmas approaching, the Vavasours are nearing the second anniversary of his death. Continue reading

 

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