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Raising a child is amazing but also burdensome at some point. Parents should keep their eyes on their child, if not, an unwanted event can occur in a few seconds. As an example, there is Alicia, a child from Ambon, Maluku province. She once swallowed a battery when she was 4 months old and at the age of 7 months, Alicia had been referred to a hospital in Jakarta because of poor nutrition status and tracheoesophageal fistulas. Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is an acquired or congenital communication between the trachea and esophagus (esophagus). TEF often causes severe and fatal pulmonary complications. Then a year ago, he experienced coughing up blood to hypovolemic shock (an emergency where the heart is unable to supply enough blood throughout the body due to less blood volume).
From the doctor's examination, Alicia was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or commonly known as gastric acid is a condition in which stomach acid flows along the esophagus or cage (the channel that connects the mouth to the stomach), which can cause burning in the chest or other symptoms. The laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is a condition when stomach acid rises into the esophagus and falls in the voice box. This occurs because the sphincter (valve) of the esophagus is weakened or damaged so that it does not close completely. As a result, food that has entered the stomach can go back up to the esophagus, throat, voice box, even to the back of the nose.
Currently, Alicia needs further examination which are endoscopic examination, thoracic CT scan and evaluation of growth and development. Some of these examinations must be carried out at the central hospital in Jakarta. However, Alicia's family whose livelihood is from the father's income as a motorcycle taxi driver, was unable to buy the flight tickets to go to Jakarta from Ambon. They really hope that the condition of their 9-year-old son can improve.
Let's help Alicia to access a decent health facilities!
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