A local family whose child was born with a Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF) are hosting a special family fun day for people and children also affected by the rare congenital condition.
Julie Logan from Derry. whose child is affected by the condition, is a member of registered charity TOFS (Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula).
TOFS provides support to families of children who are born unable to swallow.
The event will take place in the YMCA building in Drumahoe tomorrow from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula affects one in every 3,500 new born babies.
“We want to put on a event for parents and children to come along and have a chat and some fun,” Julie told the ‘Journal’.
“Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula may be a rare condition but it’s important that people who are affected by it know that there is help and support out there for it,” she added.
Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula is from from the Latin meaning ‘a pipe,’ is an abnormal connection running either between two tubes or between a tube and a surface. In tracheo-oesophageal fistula it runs between the trachea and the oesophagus.
Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula is suggested in a newborn by copious salivation associated with choking, coughing, vomiting, and cyanosis coincident with the onset of feeding.
Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula is surgically corrected, with resection of any fistula and anastomosis of any discontinuous segments.
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