A family from Austria
“Your child’s back is open!” At 20 weeks, our world was turned upside down. Fear. Anger. We kept asking ourselves, “why?” Many readers of this website are probably all too familiar with the kind of chaos we went through.
It was only through a series of unlikely coincidences that we even found out that “our problem” can be treated intrauterine. Back then, this kind of operation was unknown in Austria. We were the first non-Swiss patients to have this operation in Zurich.
Throughout, we always felt well-informed and wonderfully cared for – from the initial consultation, the first really difficult days following the surgery, during the long hospital stay and right through to the birth of our son and his time in KISPI.
Two years have since passed and now, looking back, we would like to say a very big thank you to Professor Meuli, Professor Zimmermann, Dr Möhrlen and Professor Ochsenbein: thank you for your attentiveness, compassion and daily bedside visits and, of course, for the small miracle you managed to perform on our son! He is now 20 months old and on good days can walk a few steps without any assistance.
To all the staff on the prenatal ward: thank you for your wonderful support, heartfelt conversations and for taking even our smallest concerns seriously.
To all the doctors and nurses at KISPI, particularly on the neonatal ward: thank you for taking such good care of our son and for all the little things that made us feel that Felix was never alone.
It’s a difficult step, but when parents decide to fight for their child, there’s no better place to be than the Unispital and the KISPI. We don’t regret our decision for a second!