Fun-day for families affected by TOF in Drumahoe tomorrow

TOFS event will take place in Derry on Saturday October 10.
TOFS event will take place in Derry on Saturday October 10.

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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