(Johannesburg) – In just a few weeks, little Egan Pillay from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal will hear for the first time.
At just 22 months old, and weighing little more than 8.5kg, Egan is one of the smallest children in SA to have received a cochlear implant.
Nicknamed “Little Fighter” by his parents, Egan has survived the odds after he suffered a life-threatening heart condition at birth.
He had two major heart operations and also overcame a bout of jaundice.
“He lived up to his nickname of the ‘Little Fighter’ from the time he entered the world. Our family fondly calls Egan the ‘Little Fighter’ because of everything he has had to deal with,” said his father Kreason Pillay.
The little boy was born at the Netcare Parklands Hospital on October 2, 2015.
At birth, a nurse alerted the paediatrician to his laboured breathing sound, which sounded like grunting.
Paediatrician Dr Japie Roos transferred him to the neonatal intensive care unit where it was discovered that Egan had a heart condition. His weakened immune system resulted in jaundice soon after.
On November 2, 2015 Egan was transported to the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital where he was diagnosed with a coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta, which required highly intricate surgery.
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