Christie Puyk and her husband Keith Miller live in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia. The couple was overjoyed when they found out Christie was pregnant with their first child. Their daughter Michaella was born on Christmas Day last year. However, what appeared to be a normal birth soon proved otherwise.
When the baby was born, Keith saw something on her head. "I thought it was afterbirth," he told the Daily Mail. "But when the doctors wiped her head, I realized I was looking through a porthole to her brain."
Michaella was born with a 1.5 x 4 inch hole in the side of her skull; it was nearly the size of an avocado. Doctors immediately rushed the baby to the ICU, leaving her parents completely panicked.
They had no idea what was going on. Everything had been normal with Christie's pregnancy and the birth had gone smoothly. How could this happen?
Apparently, Michaella was born with aplasia cutis congenita, a disease characterized by a lack of skin in certain areas of the body. It is especially common on the head. This is an extremely rare condition; only 1 in 10,000 children are born with it.
When she was just 22 hours old, Michaella was wheeled into the operating room and received a skin graft from her back to her scalp. She underwent a second operation on New Year's Eve since only 60% of the original graft was successful. A third surgery was scheduled for February.
Today, the hole has shrunk to the size of a golf ball. Other than that, Michaella is completely healthy. If the hole hasn't closed by the time she turns two, she'll have to get a different procedure done. But until then she is wearing a protective helmet to shield the sensitive spot; a blow to the head could be fatal. Wow. What a gorgeous girl!
Those trying first three months are now just a memory for Christie and Keith and they are so happy that their little girl is doing better. Keep on healing Michaella!