Meet Georgia

4th November, 2019

Surgery hope for silent Georgia after girl was born with a narrow windpipe

A baby’s raucous cry instantly raises stress levels in most new parents.

But Georgia Wood’s mum and dad are longing for the day they hear their daughter scream.

A tracheostomy in the 13-month-old’s throat, a surgical opening in her windpipe, is allowing her to breathe.

Aside from a rasp, the tracheostomy has silenced Georgia. She has never let out a howl, cry, giggle or babble.

“You have to tell from her facial expressions if she is happy or sad,” said dad Greg.

“Given everything she has been through, she’s a good-tempered baby, so when she’s upset there is a reason for it.”

Georgia was born at 25 weeks and three days gestation. Her windpipe was too narrow.

Georgia with her mum Ivy and dad Greg

Georgia with her parents Ivy and Greg

She was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital aged six weeks for surgery to widen her trachea. But Georgia was too little, and she was instead given a tracheostomy.

After six months in hospital, Mr Wood and wife Ivy Wang took Georgia home with a ventilation machine.

Later this year, RCH surgeons will aim to rebuild Georgia’s windpipe.

Ms Wang is already letting herself daydream about the silence breaking.

“All the moments other parents dread — their children crying and teenagers answering back and being grumpy — I cannot wait for this,” Ms Wang said.

“After everything she has been through I look forward to hearing her use her voice.”

Originally published in the Herald Sun, April 15, 2019

Words: Brigid O’Connell

Images: Jay Town

To read the original story, visit the Herald Sun website.

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