Baby born on October 8th, 2019, Erin Bates was fighting for her life from the moment she was born. Just 2 months old, on November 29th, Erin was diagnosed with a rare and dangerous heart defect – Tetralogy of Fallot. The heart surgery was scheduled for December 23rd. A few days later Erin’s nightmares just ignited viciously. “She was admitted back to the ICU after contracting RSV, a virus that causes respiratory tract infections. Her lungs ended up collapsing and she was diagnosed with bronchomalacia, the weakening of cartilage in the walls of the bronchial tubes, and tracheomalacia, the narrowing of the airways.” Catastrophic aftermath – Erin’s only way of breathing was with the help of a breathing machine. Extended Stay at the hospital was required as doctors planned to see if things will work out on their own in a few months as the baby grows bigger, therefore not risking another heart operation. Then it came the April 10th. The ongoing nightmare of Covid-19, unfortunately, hit hard Erin as she was battling all the illnesses she was already under. Believe it or not, against all odds the baby had beaten coronavirus and is finally home with her parents. Erin’s parents Emma and Wayne were trying to have a baby for 10 years and after these 7 months, we can only imagine the relief.
You can help the family of 3, donating through a GoFundMe campaign, as they deal with an emotional, physical, and financial situation they’re left in. You can also follow the little girl’s journey and her still ongoing fight with medical treatments on her Facebook group created by Emma and Wayne.