Ethan's family is from a small town outside of Gore in the South
Island. In March Ethan had a very sudden seizure and was
taken to the local hospital which transferred him to Invercargill
Hospital straight away.
Ethan was conscious but very 'out of it'. Scans and tests showed
that Ethan's kidneys were severely underdeveloped for his age and
could no longer cope with his growing body so had shut down. He was
in renal failure.
first day felt like a week to us, there was so much to take in. I
just held onto a hope that this wasn't really happening to my child
and that Ethan was going to be the one in a gazillion that
recovers. Ethan's mum, Jenny
Ethan was sedated and put on a ventilator to relieve
the stress on his tiny body before being flown on the National Air
Ambulance Service to Starship that evening. He spent six
days in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) while doctors
stabilised his kidneys and put him on regular dialysis.
He then spent a further four weeks on ward 26A where
doctors determined the best course of action was a kidney
transplant. Ethan's dad Steven turned out to be a
match and so gave his son the ultimate gift - a new
Ethan has been in and out of Starship since his transplant
for various check ups and complications but was able to return home
for good just before Christmas 2011.