Ruairi was born prematurely and suffers from cyclical vomiting syndrome. Due to failure to thrive, he had a nasogastric feeding tube placed in February 2018. A few months later, G tube surgery was performed,followed by a PEG feeding tube few months after that. Although all medical issues stabilized, and despite many efforts to support him, he did not succeed in transitioning to oral nutrition. His parents decided to participate in one of our Eating Schools in summer 2019. Right from the start, Ruairi showed a great motivation to learn to eat and increased his oral intake steadily. Within only two weeks, he learned to sustain himself fully orally and has been enjoying his new skills ever since.
From the parents
From the bottom of our hearts thank you to each and every one of you for helping improve our family’s quality of life. You will never know the positive impact you have been on us and our lives. I have truly put the trauma of the past 3.5 years behind me and I can honestly say I am now embracing the arrival of the upcoming baby. The stress and trauma of motherhood to date is an experience which I have been able to leave behind me, because of the counselling and supports we received in your clinic.
I have written about your clinic on a Facebook Irish tube feeders closed page and I cannot reiterate to parents how refreshing it was in Graz to be treated with such dignity and respect by you all. Never once did I feel I was being judged as a parent. Every member of staff was so friendly and supportive.
Thank you all so much. Words can not convey our appreciation.