Little one Ayden van Niekerk choked on a piece of biltong built for teething babies. (Image: Supplied)&#13

Devastated mom Estelle van Niekerk (26) hasn’t been able to keep her seven-month-aged son, Ayden, in weeks.

The child nonetheless needs round-the-clock treatment at the Netcare Garden Town Hospital in Johannesburg right after choking on a piece of biltong in the loved ones dwelling in Lydenburg in Mpumalanga.

Estelle not long ago noticed her tiny boy experienced slash his initially enamel whilst lying motionless in his hospital cot and it broke her coronary heart. She’s skipped so considerably of his baby stage, she adds.


Mom Estelle spends up to 5 hours by her baby’s aspect. (Image: Equipped)

Ayden was with his grandmother, Elise (46), on 6 May possibly when he choked on a piece of biltong built for teething babies she’d bought at a community pharmacy.

Estelle and her boyfriend, Sarel Nortjé (35), who’s Ayden’s dad, equally operate in the mining market.

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Elise had supplied Ayden the biltong previously in the day to suck on. When he was fed his toddler foods at lunchtime, he began owning problems breathing – a piece of biltong experienced lodged in his throat.

Sarel found the baby’s lips turning blue and begun mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Estelle, who had been at do the job, rushed residence and a neighbour drove the loved ones to their area GP.

From there, he was airlifted to Netcare Back garden City Hospital, where by he’s been in paediatric ICU at any time given that. Ayden was set into a medically induced coma for the reason that of the swelling on his brain and experienced to be place on a ventilator.


Ayden was brought out of the coma about a few months back and given a tracheotomy to support him breathe. (Photograph: Provided)

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

He was introduced out of the coma about a few months in the past and provided a tracheotomy to support him breathe but it is been an uphill struggle all the way.

“I can see he has withdrawal signs and symptoms from the pain treatment and if he’s off oxygen for far too extended he begins hyperventilating,” Estelle says.

Estelle and Elise are staying in student accommodation in Melville, Johannesburg, so they can be shut to the medical center but Sarel has experienced to return to get the job done. The family have begun a aid team on Fb and are inquiring men and women to pray for them.

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Estelle suggests she spends up to 5 several hours by her baby’s aspect. “But I have not been in a position to keep him at all. It drains your vitality to sit there. It is horrible.

“I glimpse at him and I consider of how points had been. I’d devote time with him in the morning and in the evenings, after we had been house from function. He’d be in his walking ring, playing all over in the lounge or watching Television with us.”


Because remaining hospitalised, Ayden has made sepsis and an an infection in his lung. (Photo: Provided)

Her biggest want now is that he’ll begin respiratory on his individual so they can begin rehabilitation.

“I consider as soon as I can hold him yet again, his restoration will pace up.”

For now all she can do is hope her very little boy has not sustained brain damage. “We’ll only know for positive when he has yet another MRI,” she says.

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