The actress and model Cynthia Decker has revealed for the first time the reason for her daughter’s surgeries, the result of her relationship with surfer Pedro Scobie. In an interview with Vogue, the model said that Aurora had a congenital anomaly and therefore she had to undergo surgery shortly after birth. The newborn was born with gastroschisis which is a congenital defect in the baby’s abdominal wall.
Pedro Scobie had already used his social networks to ask for prayers for his daughter, who was born on December 26. But since then the reason for Aurora’s hospitalization has been unknown.
The discovery of the Gastroduodenostomy would have occurred at week 12 of gestation. Thus, the parents have been informed that for Aurora’s safety, she must be born between 37 and 38 weeks by caesarean section and undergo surgery after delivery, in addition to having a medical team.
Cynthia described the moments of tension after giving birth: “My head was completely turned towards her. It was 16 days from 9 am to 10:30 pm in the ICU with very high emotions. I had postpartum blues, I had no time to rest , and I did not think about myself. Except a little bit when Aurora came home.”
The surgery is usually quick and in Aurora’s case it only took 30 minutes and was a complete success.
“I was able to kiss her before sending her into surgery. At that point, her heart contracted and stayed that way for the next 30 minutes. The procedure was over before they finished my C-section. Everyone in the room was excited because it was such a successful case. Cynthia said.
Finally, Cynthia celebrates her daughter’s departure. “Fortunately we have overcome all the difficulties and being at home with her is the best feeling. Born at 4,030 kg and 54 cm, Aurora is a big girl with a lot of hunger (laughs),” adding: “Life has a new meaning. This is the greatest Love in the world and I would do anything for my daughter to be well. I have learned to appreciate my mom and all the moms in the ICU in a different way for their inexhaustible strength,” said Cynthia.
After all, what is Gastroschisis?
Gastroschisis is a congenital deformity that occurs in the abdominal wall of the baby while it is in the womb. Thus, due to this condition, the baby has a hole to the right of the umbilical cord that exposes the contents of the intestines, such as the small intestine, large intestine, stomach, and liver, to the mother’s amniotic fluid. Also, due to the exposure of the intestinal loops to the amniotic fluid, the baby undergoes an inflammatory reaction that acts as a thick coating over the intestines.
Finally, the disease is rare and affects 1 in 10,000 children. If not treated properly, gastroesophageal reflux can lead to complications such as infection, bleeding, and increased intra-abdominal pressure, which can lead to respiratory failure.
After birth, the organs are exposed to the environment without protection. Therefore, the child needs to have surgery as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection, which could be life-threatening for her.
Stomach Reflux Treatment
According to FioCruz, in developing countries, the diagnosis of gastroschisis occurs during prenatal care in 90% of cases, usually in the second trimester, and can be made with an ultrasound and a dose of maternal alpha-fetoprotein. Therefore, when the condition is detected, treatment may include medication and surgery, which will depend on the severity of the condition.
- Medications: In this case, medical treatment may contain glucose and electrolyte solutions for nutrition and hydration. Furthermore, antibiotics can also be a way out for infection.
- Surgeries: Usually, surgery will detach the exposed tissue and rebuild the intestinal wall. However, each case is different, and due to the complexity of the disease, a child may undergo more than one surgery.