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Family of sick baby who suffered a cardiac arrest in his sleep are trying to raise £120,000

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The family of a poorly baby with a rare heart tumour are trying to raise £120,000 for life-saving surgery in the US.  

Michael Labuschagne was rushed to hospital when he was just 14 weeks old when he woke up gasping for air after having a cardiac arrest.

The now ten-month-old was put into an induced coma and his parents were told it was likely he would never wake.

But Michael, from Bristol, awoke when doctors reduced his sedative drugs – opening his eyes and smiling at his father, Stuart, 28.

But that happy moment was quickly tempered by news that Michael’s cardiac arrest had been caused by a rare heart tumour.

The cardiac fibroma can cause his pulse to race dangerously fast. Only a handful of patients are thought to have one in the UK.

There is no long-term solution offered on the NHS but Michael’s parents discovered a hospital in Boston which can remove the tumour.  

They now need to raise a staggering £116,000 so he can be cured – and ideally within six months, when his heart will be the ideal size for operating on.

Michael Labuschagne was rushed to hospital at 14 weeks old when he woke up gasping for air. He suffered a cardiac arrest caused by a rare heart tumour

Michael Labuschagne was rushed to hospital at 14 weeks old when he woke up gasping for air. He suffered a cardiac arrest caused by a rare heart tumour 

Parents Emma and Stuart are trying to raise £120,000 for life-saving surgery in Boston

Parents Emma and Stuart are trying to raise £120,000 for life-saving surgery in Boston

Michael's cardiac fibroma causes his pulse to race dangerously fast. Only a handful of patients are estimated to have been diagnosed with it in the UK

Michael’s cardiac fibroma causes his pulse to race dangerously fast. Only a handful of patients are estimated to have been diagnosed with it in the UK

Mother-of-three Emma Labuschagne, 27, said: ‘At 14 weeks and three days old he went to bed like any other baby. 

‘But at 5am he had suffered heart failure. Words cannot begin to describe the pain we felt in that moment.

‘We watched our baby breathless, gasping for air while his heart stopped and paramedics worked to save his life.

‘In that moment I did not think Michael would make it through. Yet I am so so blessed to be here telling you that he survived. 

She added: ‘He survived an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest which only seven per cent patients do.’

After Michael woke up, his parents were told there was a high chance their baby had suffered brain damage. But a scan revealed that this wasn’t the case.

However, Mrs Labuschagne and her husband, a plumber, were then delivered the hammer blow that Michael had a cardiac tumour. 

Mrs Labuschagne, 27, didn't think Michael would make it through. Pictured in hospital

Mrs Labuschagne, 27, didn’t think Michael would make it through. Pictured in hospital

Luckily Michael did not suffer brain damage from his cardiac arrest. But he did need to have a pacemaker fitted to try and control his heart

Luckily Michael did not suffer brain damage from his cardiac arrest. But he did need to have a pacemaker fitted to try and control his heart

The majority of cardiac tumours in children are benign, meaning they are non-cancerous and are unlikely to spread to other organs. 

However, because the heart is such an essential organ, even benign tumours can be life threatening. 

The tumour can interfere with the way the heart works, blocking blood flow to vital organs and causing an abnormal rhythm.

Michael’s palm-sized cardiac fibroma is attached to the septum within the left chamber of his heart.

Fibromas are the second most common heart tumour, accounting for 14 per cent of cardiac tumours in children, according to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Fibromas may obstruct blood flow and are often associated with arrhythmias and ventricular tachycardia – when the heart beats faster than normal. 

It’s the same tumour that struck Oliver Cameron, the baby boy from Wantage, Oxfordshire, who made headlines in 2017.

After his family tried saving thousands for the same operation that Michael needs, NHS bosses U-turned and paid for the treatment in Boston.

Mrs Labuschagne said of the night Michael suffered a cardiac arrest: 'Words cannot begin to describe the pain we felt in that moment'

Mrs Labuschagne said of the night Michael suffered a cardiac arrest: ‘Words cannot begin to describe the pain we felt in that moment’

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Michael's pacemaker is as big as the palm of a hand

The pace maker also has technical difficulties which may stop it from working

Because Michael is so small, the pacemaker restricts his movement. Currently, he is unable to sit up or support his own head. He is pictured at home in Bristol

It is unclear how many people of any age are affected by cardiac tumours. Only 200 cases of cardiac fibroma have been recorded in medical literature to date, figures suggest.

Michael was fitted with a pacemaker after waking up from the coma, which should help control his heart rhythm.

But unfortunately, because he is so small, the pacemaker restricts his movement. Currently, he is unable to sit up or support his own head.

Shop worker Mrs Labuschagne said: ‘It does hold him back. It’s as big as the size of the palm of my hand and it has sharp edges.

‘Putting that inside a baby is quite uncomfortable for them. But he is amazing, you wouldn’t know looking at him that he is fighting this.

‘He’s a lovely little baby – it’s hard to believe he’s going through what he is. He’s a miracle.’

Mrs Labuschagne said: 'Every day is an unknown, until we can get his fibroma removed'

Mrs Labuschagne said: ‘Every day is an unknown, until we can get his fibroma removed’ 

Michael is also having technical problems with his pace maker – the sensing lead is struggling to read Michael’s heart rate which means it is completely unreliable and potentially will not work.

Mrs Labuschagne said: ‘Every day is an unknown, until we can get his fibroma removed.’

The mother has now set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise money for Michael’s surgery.

She said: ‘Boston Children’s Hospital, ranked number one paediatric hospital in the world, has quoted us $147,000 which converts to approximately £116,000 for the procedure and we will need to pay for flights and accommodation.

‘The cardiac surgeons at Boston are the best cardiac surgeons in the world and they have done this operation several times.

‘They are confident that they can drastically improve, or even cure, his condition by resecting the tumour.

‘They want to operate within six months as his heart will be a good size. The fundraiser is doing really well so far, but it’s still quite early days.’

You can donate here.  

WHAT IS A CARDIAC TUMOUR? 

A cardiac tumour, also known as a heart tumour, is a rare, abnormal growth that develops in the heart. 

The majority of cardiac tumours in children are benign, meaning they are non-cancerous and are unlikely to spread to other organs. 

However, because the heart is such an essential organ, even benign tumours can be life threatening. A tumour can interfere with the way the heart works, blocking blood flow to vital organs and causing an abnormal heart rhythm.

There are several types of cardiac tumours in children, including rhabdomyomas which are the most common, accounting for approximately 60 per cent of all heart tumours in children. 

Typically originating in the right or left ventricle, rhabdomyomas frequently appear as multiple tumours and can be associated with tuberous sclerosis. 

The majority of rhabdomyomas do not interfere with heart function and may decrease in size over time. However, in some patients rhabdomyomas can interfere with blood flow or cause arrhythmias.

The second most common are fibromas, accounting for 14 percent of cardiac tumours in children.

Almost always located in the ventricles – the great majority in the left ventricle – fibromas may obstruct blood flow and are often associated with arrhythmias and ventricular tachycardia.  

Tumours originating in the heart are rare in children, and many hospitals see only a few, if any, each year. The team at Boston Children’s treats approximately one each month.

Source: Boston Children’s Hospital 

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