• Parents describe their baby's ongoing treatment and their fears for his future

    One year ago - By Food Safety

    On assignment: South Africa
    JOHANNESBURG - The Mathole family's joy at expecting their first baby almost turned to tragedy with a month and a half in hospital when their child was infected with listeriosis.
    Onkarabile Olerato Mathole was expected in December 2017 but ended up being born in October. He was treated for 44 days at Akasia Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. Onkarabile was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and has a Ventriculoperitoneal shunt in his brain to drain water. At almost 15 months old, he is struggling to crawl or walk.
    Hydrocephalus occurs when cerebrospinal fluid builds...
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