What do you do when you come up against a disease you've never seen? Fly the patient to another hospital via private jet, of course.
Even though the time from discovering you're pregnant to giving birth will fly by, there's time for an awful lot of thinking during those nine months. All of us are guilty of overthinking from time to time, but the ante is well and truly upped when we're expecting a baby. We think about every little thing that could possibly go wrong but thankfully, most of the time, everything turns out okay.
Some parents sadly have to be the unlucky ones. Nicko and Trac Hoang were some of those unlucky ones, reports ABC. As soon as their son Ryder was born it was clear that something was wrong, but doctors couldn't figure out what. It's scary enough when your baby has an issue that is immediately identified, but downright terrifying when you can't figure out what it is.
With doctors unable to do anything about Ryder's abnormal glucose levels, at four weeks old he was transferred to the Women and Children's Hospital (WCH). It was there that he was diagnosed with a condition called hyperinsulinism. The condition affects one in every 50,000 babies and is effectively the opposite of diabetes.
Ryder's pancreas was over-producing insulin which meant his glucose levels were always low. After not reacting to medication at WCH, the little one was sent to see specialists at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital via private jet. It took doctors from four different hospitals and $200,000, paid for by SA Health, to figure out what they needed to do to help Ryder.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. Ryder underwent an operation to remove a lesion from his pancreas in January which appears to have cured his condition. Going forward, he will only need general checkups to make sure he is still doing okay. From here on in, Ryder can lead the life of any other baby and will grow up with nothing more than a scar to act as a memory of the time he fought and won against a rare and scary condition.