My daughter has diaphragmatic hernia
Essay on Informative Speech
Montgomery College – Rockville
AT THE AGE OF 2 MY DAUGHTER WAS DIAGNOSED OF DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA
Twenty years ago, at the age of 2, my daughter Melissa was diagnosed of diaphragmatic hernia that could have cost her life, if God was not on our side.
What is Diaphragmatic Hernia.
It is a birth defect in which there is an abnormal opening in the diaphragm , the muscle that helps us breath. The opening allows part of the organs from the belly : the stomach, the spleen the liver and the intestines, to go up into the chest cavity which causes the lungs not to develop properly.
To my inexperienced eyes, the intestines of Melissa looked like spaghetti noodles hanging and clinging in her diaphragm when the doctor showed us the x-ray results.
What cause diaphragmatic hernia? –It is caused by the improper joining of structures during fetal development.
Weak at the knees was how I felt when the doctor told us that she could have a heart attack anytime. She was very lucky, the attack did not come soon. At 2 years old, all her intestines were outside of the stomach area, crowding the lungs and the heart.
Symptoms of Diaphragmatic Hernia:
The baby is bluish colored skin due to lack of oxygen; she has rapid breathing; and she has fast heart rate.
I was wondering when she was growing up, her skin has the color of violet, as compared to her brother who is fair skinned.
I was Polyhydramnios when I was pregnant with Melissa
Test and Diagnosis –
The pregnant mother may have excessive amount of amniotic fluid.
When I was carrying Melissa in my body, my tummy was so big, that during the time of delivery, the pain to the side of my tummy was so intense as if the muscle would tore apart, that I did not recognize the pain caused by the child wanting to get out. I thought at one point my body would burst. That is how much fluid I had in my stomach.
The Ultra Sound Test
About six months into my pregnancy, my doctor asked me to undergo ultra sound testing because she was worried about the quantity of my amniotic fluid. She suspected something else, but she did not tell me. Hydrocephalus. A very good friend, more than a doctor, she stayed with me all through out.
A constant guest at the hospital
We were at the hospital for pulmonary infection on the lungs of Melissa when they found out her disease. Since birth, we were always at the hospital for cough, fever and lung infection. At 8 lbs at birth, she did not grow normally. She was small for her age; she was light as a feather.
Emergency Surgery is the only remedy
Surgery is the only remedy for diaphragmatic hernia. The procedure is to place the abdominal organs into the proper position and repair the opening in the diaphragm.
It took six straight hours for the surgeon to fix Melissa.
How did Melissa get the disease?
Pollution in Metro Manila – Philippines –
MANILA – A lawmaker expressed alarm and concern over the increasing deaths in Metro Manila of as many as 14 people a day, mostly children, due to unmitigated air pollution and other environmental degradation.
In Manila, on a 636 square kilometer live more than 10 million inhabitants. Manila has proven to be lethal to its millions of residents, killing thousands every year due to pollution.
Just theory but scientifically correct
Could be the pollution in Metro Manila was the cause, I don’t know. What I know, my daughter had diaphragmatic hernia diagnosed when she was two years old, long enough to collapse the lungs and the heart, but lucky enough that it did not.
Today, at 22, my very lucky child, in gratitude for the lease of life, is happy serving our Church; the Faith we both hold dear in our hearts.http://www.mcgi.org/en/
Thanks be to God!