Little Girl Laughs in the Face of SBS

If you’re the parent of a small child—or any size or age child, really—here’s a good reminder of why you should hold your baby a little closer and be thankful for them.

By all outside appearances, little Bridgette Anne Dziuba is a happy, healthy toddler with a loving family. But since she was an infant, Bridgette’s “home” has been the Vancouver Children’s Hospital. Bridgette was first taken to the hospital soon after she was born; mom Brittany suspected her daughter had an intestinal blockage.

It turned out to be so much worse: There is a malfunction in the muscle that helps break down and move waste out of Bridgette’s body. Doctors diagnosed the baby with a variety of problems, including short bowel syndrome (SBS). Bridgette spends up to 20 hours a day receiving total parenteral nutrition infusions, which means she is literally tethered to the hospital for all but a few hours.

With all these challenges—along with the accompanying surgeries, infections, and blood transfusions—Bridgette’s family has faced a severe emotional and financial burden. Family, friends, and the Ronald McDonald House have been invaluable in helping Brittany and her other daughter, Malaya, be near Bridgette. But as Brittany looks to relocate the family to a new home closer to the hospital, the financial strain has become too much to handle.

Though she’d hoped to avoid asking for help, Brittany has set up a Go Fund Me page to help defray the costs. While most people would probably prefer to handle things on their own, it’s worth remembering everyone faces or will face some kind of health challenge; on some level, we’re all in this together and there’s no reason to feel isolated or alone. So if you’re thankful for your children, why not spare a moment to help those parents and children who need a little extra help?

Ronald Ledsen

Ronald Ledsen

After emigrating from his native Sweden, Ronald spent a stint in the Merchant Marines while trying to work out what he wanted to do with his life. He discovered a love of writing while helping a friend write anonymous Harry Potter fan-fiction online; he discovered meaning to his writing when he began journaling after an anxiety disorder diagnosis. Ronald is most relaxed when spending quiet time with his wife, two sons, and hyperactive cat.

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