Messages for Wigan infant hospitalised for months with rare condition

The mother of a Wigan infant is appealing for Halloween wishes for her seriously-ill son, who has been in hospital for two months following surgical complications.
Happy Halloween ReeceHappy Halloween Reece
Happy Halloween Reece

Reece Burrows-Vickers, who suffers from Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF) and Oesophageal Atresia (OA) - conditions which affect his oesophagus - has been in hospital for nine weeks following a surgical procedure.

His mum, Kirsty Burrows, from Ince, contacted Wigan Today to wish her poorly son a Happy Halloween as she holds a bedside vigil.

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The two-year-old, who was born with the life-limiting condition, is recovering from a operation for TOF/OA and has now undergone a tracheotomy, which has resulted in a brain injury.

Reece remains in hospital with his mum Kirsty by his sideReece remains in hospital with his mum Kirsty by his side
Reece remains in hospital with his mum Kirsty by his side

"He has been in for nine weeks and still got months ahead yet," said Kirsty. "He had complications and has been quite poorly."

The concerned mum sent a picture of Reece dressed up as a skeleton for Halloween.

TOF and OA are rare congenital conditions of the oesophagus (food pipe) and/or trachea (airway) that affect one in every 3,500 babies, according to the "Tofs" support group.

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Infants born with the condition usually have intensive neo-natal care followed by corrective surgery within days of birth.

Some children, like Reece, have to undergo additional surgical interventions later on in their lives.

The group explains: "Whilst many children born with TOF/OA will experience only a few problems, others may have difficulties with swallowing and digesting food, Gastro-Oesophageal Refluxand respiratory problems."