Halifax parents' desperate battle to get their sick baby boy home from South Korea
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The baby boy was born in August with two rare conditions – esophageal atresia and a tracheal esophageal fistula – which mean his oesophagus is closed and he cannot eat or drink independently.
Will and Sam, who moved to South Korea earlier this year to take up a job offered to Will, say Seth needs emergency surgery but they have been told their insurance policy does not cover the medical costs of a congenital disorder.
Sam, who is a trained social worker, said: "At 37 weeks my waters broke and Seth was delivered. Seth was immediately taken away from me and it quickly became clear that things were not right.
"On August 14, Seth had life-saving surgery and was cared for in intensive care for almost five weeks.
"Visiting times were 15 minutes per person per day.
“After five weeks, we were finally allowed to cuddle Seth, feed him, hold him and hoped to never let him go.”
But within a few days of going home, Seth was choking and turning blue after every feed.
A nasogastric tube was fitted as a temporary solution but Seth’s condition deteriorated and he choked more than 20 times within a 24-hour period, with Will having to revive him twice.
"Seth is now attached to a permanent suction tube which goes in his oesophagus,” said Sam. “This clears out his saliva so he won’t choke on this.
"We are now working with the UK to get him home as quickly as possible. Seth needs to get out of Korea on a medical flight. There are enormous costs associated with this.”
Their appeal has been backed by Siddal Rigby League, who have posted: “We hope that this lovely family can enjoy their Seth without worries and that he receives the medical help he needs.”
To donate to the couple’s appeal, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-seth-naar-engeland