Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
First birthday celebrations for this baby girl have been cancelled after she was left in a coma fighting for her life when she toppled headfirst into a bucket of water at her childminder’s house.
Mum Alessandra Aparecida Silveira Andrade had already started to make preparations for a Mickey-Mouse-themed first birthday party for her daughter that was due to take place on Sunday, 25th July.
However, she had to call them off when she heard that her daughter Ana Clara had been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after the near-fatal accident she suffered on Tuesday, 29th June.
Ana Clara was at her childminder’s house with other youngsters in the Brazilian municipality of Piraju when the childminder went out to feed another child and Ana Clara fell into a bucket of water.
She was rescued and taken to A&E in a state of cardiac arrest, and the doctor who tended to her revealed she was unconscious for 15 minutes before he managed to revive her.
She was then transferred to a hospital in the nearby city of Botucatu, where she remained in intensive care until 20th July. She was transferred to the hospital’s paediatric ward last week.
Alessandra is now able to visit her daughter more often, but she sadly had to cancel her birthday celebrations.
She told reporters: “I was going to make a cake and throw a little party. I’d already seen the decorations and ordered the cake topping, but when everything happened on the 29th, I had to call up to cancel everything on the following day.”
According to Ana Clara’s father, Paulo, his daughter is expected to survive, but they still don’t know the cost, as her brain was affected by the lack of oxygen.
He said: “Her whole body is 100 percent recovered. From her head down, she is no longer at risk. Her body and her heart are perfect.
“The swelling on her brain has gone down, but having been deprived of oxygen, her brain cells died. Without those cells, she is unable to open her eye or move her finger or hand, nothing.”
Ana Clara underwent a tracheostomy to help her to breathe and eat on 9th July.
Paulo said that neither he nor his wife intend to take legal action against the childminder. He told reporters: “We’ll stay here until she gets better. We are confident that He will work a miracle.
“She left Piraju practically dead, they had already pronounced her dead, so if God gave her a breath of life, He will complete His work.”