Emily was a healthy child until a skin infection (staph) from eczema attacked her body and caused infective endocarditis – an infection in her heart.
Emily was a healthy child until one day at age 5yrs, she went to school and fell asleep in class and 48 hours later required open heart surgery to save her life.
A skin infection (staph) from eczema attacked her body and caused infective endocarditis – an infection in her heart.
Emily required emergency open heart surgery to remove the infection on her mitral valve. She had a 6 week stay in Starship on IV antibiotics to clear the infection.
Sadly, the first surgery failed and she underwent a second open heart surgery a week later to again repair her mitral valve. We are hopeful that she won’t require further cardiac surgery though there are no guarantees.
Since then, Emily has recovered well although she is susceptible to infections, especially staph, and we monitor her very closely.
Emily lives her Mum, Dad, younger brother Matthew and younger sister Amy. She is back playing netball and loves all sports and does very well – especially in cross country!