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‘Pray for my daughter’
The two-year-old toddler who was punched violently by a woman and suffered a ruptured colon yesterday underwent her second surgery at the Wendy Fitzwilliam Paediatric Hospital in Mt Hope.
Following the 90-minute-long operation, the child’s parents said the surgery went well but they were warned by a team of doctors that the child’s life was still hanging in the balance.
“My daughter is still not in the clear. She is still critical and could face the risk of getting an infection at any time. I am calling on T&T to pray for her speedy recovery,” the mother said, as she broke down in tears yesterday during a telephone interview.
She said her daughter’s progress would be based on her will to survive and her daily progress.
“In the last two days, I have been seeing a fighting spirit in my little girl. She has shown that she is a fighter considering the situation she faced. She has a strong will to live which is a good sign. I have to give thanks to God for keeping her in safe hands,” the mother said.
Last Sunday, doctors had to perform an emergency operation on the toddler. However, the doctors were unable to stitch the opening due to swelling around the child’s stomach and arteries. The second operation was performed yesterday to close the opening.
The toddler suffered a ruptured colon during the beating last Saturday and doctors had to work on her in a two-and- a-half hour operation to save her life. Part of the child’s bowels also had gangrene.
Since then, the child has been warded at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital hooked up to life support.
The findings by the medical doctors prompted a full-scale investigation by the T&T Police Service’s Child Protection Unit and the Children’s Authority of T&T.
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