Child Ayden van Niekerk choked on a piece of biltong made for teething babies. (Picture: Equipped)&#13

Devastated mother Estelle van Niekerk (26) has not been capable to hold her seven-thirty day period-aged son, Ayden, in weeks.

The little one nonetheless requirements spherical-the-clock treatment at the Netcare Back garden Town Clinic in Johannesburg just after choking on a piece of biltong in the family members home in Lydenburg in Mpumalanga.

Estelle lately discovered her small boy had lower his initial teeth though lying motionless in his healthcare facility cot and it broke her coronary heart. She’s skipped so significantly of his toddler phase, she provides.


Mom Estelle spends up to five hrs by her baby’s aspect. (Photo: Supplied)

Ayden was with his grandmother, Elise (46), on 6 Could when he choked on a piece of biltong intended for teething toddlers she’d purchased at a regional pharmacy.

Estelle and her boyfriend, Sarel Nortjé (35), who’s Ayden’s father, both equally work in the mining industry.

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Elise experienced given Ayden the biltong before in the day to suck on. When he was fed his child foods at lunchtime, he begun acquiring difficulties respiratory – a piece of biltong had lodged in his throat.

Sarel discovered the baby’s lips turning blue and begun mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Estelle, who experienced been at get the job done, rushed home and a neighbour drove the family members to their community GP.

From there, he was airlifted to Netcare Backyard City Clinic, the place he’s been in paediatric ICU at any time due to the fact. Ayden was place into a medically induced coma for the reason that of the inflammation on his brain and had to be set on a ventilator.


Ayden was brought out of the coma about 3 weeks back and supplied a tracheotomy to aid him breathe. (Picture: Provided)

There have been various setbacks considering that he was hospitalised: he made sepsis and an infection in his lung.

He was brought out of the coma about 3 months in the past and given a tracheotomy to enable him breathe but it is been an uphill struggle all the way.

“I can see he has withdrawal signs and symptoms from the pain medicine and if he’s off oxygen for also extended he starts hyperventilating,” Estelle says.

Estelle and Elise are remaining in student lodging in Melville, Johannesburg, so they can be close to the healthcare facility but Sarel has experienced to return to work. The family members have started a assist team on Facebook and are inquiring persons to pray for them.

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Estelle suggests she spends up to five hours by her baby’s side. “But I haven’t been capable to hold him at all. It drains your strength to sit there. It is awful.

“I search at him and I feel of how factors were being. I’d expend time with him in the early morning and in the evenings, at the time we have been residence from operate. He’d be in his strolling ring, enjoying about in the lounge or viewing Television set with us.”


Given that getting hospitalised, Ayden has created sepsis and an infection in his lung. (Photograph: Supplied)

Her best desire now is that he’ll start out respiratory on his personal so they can start off rehabilitation.

“I feel when I can keep him again, his recovery will velocity up.”

For now all she can do is hope her minor boy has not sustained mind damage. “We’ll only know for guaranteed when he has another MRI,” she claims.

“He lifts his arms and legs, he moves his toes and his eyes comply with me. All we can do for now is pray.”