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Kryz Uy Says Baby Sevi Having Hernia 'Caught Us By Surprise, We've Had So Many Tests Done'
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  • When Kryz Uy gave birth to her and her husband Slater Young's second child Sevi on May 21, 2022, they had their son undergo newborn screening and other tests to determine the state of Sevi's health.

    "We thought he was a healthy baby boy," Kryz said in her vlog, after Sevi had been diagnosed to be having inguinal hernia.

    "It caught us by surprise. We’ve had so many tests done...So many things. We didn’t expect him to have to go to the hospital for surgery."

    What is inguinal hernia?

    Inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia, or what Pinoys call luslos sa lalaki, according to Dr. Ronald John Unico, a general practitioner. He told Smart Parenting in a past interview that it occurs when the intestine pushes through the scrotum, which holds the testes because of weak or damaged abdominal wall muscles.

    The reason is completely different for newborns like Sevi. His mom said in her Krizzzie YouTube channel that the baby's doctors gave this explanation: "Apparently, the testes of a boy, when he’s born, start in his abdomen. Before you give birth, the testes are in the abdomen, and then they make their way into the inguinal canal.

    "There’s a canal where the testes pass through. Apparently, this hole is supposed to close. But in Sevi’s case, it did not close. So he has to be operated on. Because now, every time he strains himself or he cries, the small or large, or part of his intestine actually goes down that hole.

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    "The scary part is, if it gets trapped in that hole. Because right now, when he cries, it goes down. After he cries or if we push it, it goes back up. But there’s a possibility that when it goes in the hole, it can’t go back up. It’s trapped there, and there’s no more blood here. It can get gangrene, which is dangerous. When that happens, kailangan i-ER si Sevi."

    On Baby Sevi's inguinal hernia

    Kryz recalled the time she felt something unusual in Baby Sevi's diaper. "There was this bulge in his abdomen," she said.

    So she consulted a doctor, who diagnosed the baby to be having inguinal hernia. The doctor recommended an immediate surgery, but also advised to get a second opinion. Kryz did, and the findings were the same.

    "It needs to be operated on," she said. "Whenever he cries, it triggers the hernia to bulge out, and I know he’s not supposed to feel any pain when it happens. But it still breaks my heart. I can’t take it. Every time he fusses a little, my instinct is just to hug him and hold him."

    Kryz mentioned the time Baby Sevi had the RT-PRC test as part of the COVID-19 protocols in the hospital pre-surgery. "The stick went too deep, and he cried so much. It was so painful to watch."

    The mom of two admitted to getting extra stressed out because her and her husband's 2-year-old panganay, Scottie, suddenly had a fever, cough, and cold. They are all based in Cebu City.

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    (Back in February 2022, Kryz, Slater's 1-Year-Old Son Scottie Tests Positive for COVID-19)

    She said, "Scottie’s classmates are getting dengue, a lot of people are getting Covid that we know...His temperature was 38. He was too clingy. So we’ve given him paracetamol and other things to help with the symptoms. Now, he’s okay."

    Read also: Nagtala Ng 422 Kaso Ng Dengue Sa Cebu City Sa Loob Ng 5 Buwan

    Still, Kryz remained optimistic in her vlog: "I’m still happy to be with my boys. And hernia is not a rare disease. It happens not often, but often enough. It’s like next to appendicitis as the most common that they operate on. So I’m confident about it."

    She explained how she's praparing herself, "Mentally, I’m almost there. I keep telling myself that I can’t be the praning, scatter-brained mom. I have to be present and I have to be strong for Sevi and for everybody else in this household.

    "I think out of everyone I’m the one who knows the situation best. I’m the one who went to the doctor’s appointments and I’m the one who did all the research. I’m the one who’s always with Sevi.

    "Eventhough it’s very difficult for me and eventhough I’m used to having my hand held, I’m trying to be strong this time around. The doctor told me na, ‘The baby’s gonna be fine. They’re more resilient than you think.’ Usually it’s the mom who needs to be sedated. That’s me."

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    In closing, she said in reflection, "I realized that I’m still incredibly thankful in despite of all that happened. At the end of the day, I still have one of the best luxuries, which is to spend time with my kids."

    Read also: Umbilical Hernia: What You Need to Know and When to Be Concerned

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