The fight for the life of this child takes place in our full view! Little Peter fights for his life, and his weak, drug-assisted heart - for every beat ... Another surgery is needed, otherwise Piotruś will be in mortal danger! The boy's parents are begging for your help - every day counts. Help them, don't let their son's heart stop beating!
"We are sitting next to our son's bed, do not let him out of sight even for a moment. We are sometimes afraid that when we close our eyes, Piotruś will disappear, he will not be with us anymore. Piotruś is in a state which the doctor determines "on the verge of stability". Even a longer cry is an effort that can make it worse ... The ECG sound, which measures every next heartbeat, is the most beautiful melody for us. Silence - we are afraid of it.
In the world, wars start and end, we have our own, the most important for us. A war for the life of our child. Peter is already older than two months ... From his birth, the Munster University Clinic, a hospital where children with the most severe heart defects, children who would not have a chance to live elsewhere, is his home. We are sure that if Piotruś were born elsewhere, he would not be with us anymore. Piotr's first surgery was conducted immediately after birth. Without treatment for a heart defect, it would lead to his death within a few days.
Piotruś came into the world with a critical heart defect. HLHS, hypoplasia of left ventricle. Instead of the whole heart, it has only one half ... However, one can live with a half of the heart, while growing up, they need to undergo three surgeries... The moment doctors take a child is terrible. Emptiness, fear and helplessness remain. Your heart is pounding so that it jams every thought, it gets warm, it's dark, your hands are shaking, your legs are shaking. However, you give up because the reason prevails. You know that without the surgery your child will die. Doctors are disappearing, taking your greatest treasure, and you stay. All you can do is pray for God to let him live. And so without end, every day.
After the first operation, it seemed to us that it was the end of our worries, at least for some time. Children recover within a few days ... They're coming back home. However, it was differernt. Do you know what is a fear, fear for a child's life? We hope you will never find out ... We know. At the beginning, Piotr's condition was stable. Then he suddenly broke down ... Our son poorly endured his new cardiovascular system. We thought that we would spend a few days in the Intensive Care Unit ... Not couple of weeks. We were so happy to hear about the planned transfer to cardiology ward, because it was a step closer to discharge from the hospital. Unfortunately, Peter's condition worsened again ... REPEATED SURGERY Return to the ICU!
Peter is still fighting, breathing alone ... If his condition does not improve, however, another urgent surgery will be needed! Glenn's surgery is the second stage of heart disease treatment, usually done when the child is six months old ... Earlier, it is performed only in exceptional cases that save lives. Piotruś is just such a special case. We knew that it would not be easy, but we did not think that it would be so bad...
Another children arrive, they are operated on, they recover, they return home ... Peter struggled and still fights. Doctors are doubling and tripping, performing further treatments, examinations, procedures. However, they do not take away our hope for a moment. If we lost him, what would we have left? We do not remember, however, what peace is ... Our life is an emotional rollercoaster, one step forward and two backward, moments of joy, then again despair.
We do not distinguish the day from the day. The next day in the hospital is multiplying ... and with it something else. Zero on the bill, which we have to settle in the hospital for the treatment of our son. The sum we collected was a drop in the sea ... And we must pay for what is priceless, for the life of our child! Peter had undergone cardiac catheterization for a few days to widen the aortic arch ... Another surgery ahead of him. In addition to it, he may also need valve plasty. We were afraid for his life, we didin't even think about the debt to the hospital, because we would panic instead of being afraid.
Coming to Germany at the end of August, we were sure that after a few weeks we would pack for a happy return home, to Poland. We were naive. How long will we stay here? We don't know... However, we believe that we will leave with Piotuś in our arms. We do not even think about a different scenario. We only wanted one, what we want now - that Peter would live. That we could be his mum and dad ... Please - make it happen. It's thanks to you that Peter is with us today, thanks to you Peter is here. We have no words to express our gratitude ... However, we are fighting a war and we are begging for your support. We will only be able to win if the army joins us ... An army of people with good hearts, thanks to which this small, weak heart of our son will continue to beat "...
Kasia and Paweł - Piotr's parents