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HPIM7219For those who already know Mate’s story and for others who are yet to hear about him

 

For those who already know Mate’s story and for others who are yet to hear about him

Mate Bence Fritz was born on 15th December, 2013 and was delivered by caesarean section. He was born early in the 31st week of pregnancy due to uterine infection and in utero membrane rupture.

Following his birth Mate’s doctors noticed that he had developed oesophagus atresia and needed immediate surgery, after which Mate was kept in artificial general anesthesia for 9 days. As a result of this operation Mate has developed gastro-oesophageal reflux disease which is a condition that makes his feeding very difficult and may stay with him for the rest of his life. Following his operation, Mate had to spend a month in the Paediatric Intensive Care unit.

For those who already know Mate’s story and for others who are yet to hear about him

When he was finally discharged from the hospital we were happy to take Mate home and hoped that his reflux disease is the “only” malady we had to deal with. We were wrong.

A couple of months later Mate was due for a skull and abdominal ultrasound exam which detected a stroke, ventricular dilatation and hypoxia of the brain. This was a huge shock for us because not even the doctors were sure whether all these had been caused by general anesthesia during Mate’s operation or childbirth itself. What they knew for sure was the fact that a certain amount of the white matter surrounding Mate’s ventricle had died away.

At 14 months Mate can’t hold up his head; can’t turn to his stomach; can’t crawl, stand or walk without assistance. He can’t do anything that children the same age as him can already do.

Mate’s eyes can still not focus properly and he also has to wear a hearing aid. Mate’s done different stretching exercises to relax his tense muscles but he still can’t reach for or hold objects the right way. His breathing is not a hundred percent either so he has to take steroid based medication twice a day to ease his breathing.

Since November 2014 Mate has developed respiratory tract infections and pneumonia on numerous occasions which immensely hold his general development back. We’ve started using a humidifier to ease Mate’s breathing but it doesn’t work as well as we thought it would and we still have to spend weeks in hospital with various infections and respiratory problems.

For those who already know Mate’s story and for others who are yet to hear about him

Mate’s reflux disease has become so severe over time that medication doesn’t have an effect on him anymore. This has lead doctors to decide on a solar plexus operation to narrow the opening of his stomach and placing a gavage into his stomach to help him with feeding and gaining weight.

Mate’s conditions require 24/7 care and attention which is both emotionally and financially draining for the family, especially that Mate’s got two other infant siblings to care for. In the hope that one day Mate can have a full and happy life, we try every solution possible to help him.

We’d done BEMER therapy with Mate for months but it didn’t give us the results we were hoping for and we had to realise that this was not the way forward. We’ve decided to contact other parents who were in the same situation as us and also a range of professionals who have suggested Stem Cell therapy as a last resort and maybe the last ray of hope to Mate’s healing.

We would like to say thank you to everyone who has already helped and supported us both emotionally and financially. We’ve deposited all the financial donations we’ve received so far to the account bellow and have decided to use it to pay for the Stem Cell therapy. This therapy would give Mate a chance for a fuller, happier and healthier life.

For those who already know Mate’s story and for others who are yet to hear about him

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The treatment, however, costs 23,000 USD which our family can’t afford at present. We are kindly asking everyone who is sympathetic to the cause of a very ill little boy to support us and give Mate the chance for a better life. Every little helps and no matter how small the support might seem, we are grateful to everyone who decides to help Mate.

If you have any information or contacts that could help Mate, please contact us. Even just a simple “share” would mean a lot to us.

For those who already know Mate’s story and for others who are yet to hear about him

Thank you for reading Mate’s story and also thank you for all your support!

Our link: https://wesharecrowdfunding.com/helpmate