Doctors unable to perform 'long-awaited' surgery on Karlien van Jaarsveld's daughter
Karlien Van Jaarsveld (Photo: Gallo)
Johannesburg – In a heartbreaking post on Instagram, Afrikaans singer Karlien van Jaarsveld explained that doctors were unable to perform a "long-awaited" medial procedure on her 1-year-old daughter, Elah.
In 2018 Karlien had to cancel a few shows in Langebaan to be with her family and "seriously ill" daughter.
The star revealed that Elah has a blood clot in her portal vein. "They call it Portal vein Thrombosis," she said.
On Monday Karlien shared an update on Elah’s condition in a lengthy Instagram post, eventually saying that the procedure to assist with Elah’s condition could not be performed.
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"The long-awaited operation that my husband and I were looking forward to for Elah has taken place. All we want is for her to finally be healthy after this massive procedure. It gave us hope and helped us get through everything," she wrote.
According to Karlien, the operation was supposed to last four hours. It was once the doctor met them in the paediatric room afterward that they got the bad news.
"He says 'she’s fine, but I couldn’t do anything for her.' I must have misheard him? Huh? What do you mean Dr.? Please repeat? 'I couldn’t do the shunt’," she recalls their interaction.
A shunt is used to open clogged veins, allowing fluid to move along from one part of the body to another.
"Our baby has been cut open, from one side to the other side of her little tummy, just to see that the Dr. can’t do anything for her. Her veins are totally different from what the radiologist told the Dr. and so he had to just stitch her up again. Such a big incision, with no change," Karlien went on to say.
According to the post Elah is now in recovery. The unsuccessful procedure has left Karlien heartbroken.
"Elah is recovering in PICU. They are suppressing the pain with strong medication, and overtime will lessen her dosage as she gets better. My heart is in pieces and is being pulled in every direction."
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