Cure For Baby Who Spurted Milk From Her Nose

03/03/2015 12:43 | Updated 20 May 2015

Cure for baby who spurted milk from her nose

A baby girl has been cured of a rare a condition that made milk shoot out of her nose whenever her mum fed her.

Georgie Yorke was born with oesophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula - birth defects that meant her oesophagus wasn't connected to her stomach.

Her mum Stacey Ross, 25, explained: "When Georgie was born, I was rushed in for an emergency C-section, so I didn't get to hold her in the beginning.

"When I finally tried to feed her that night, the milk was coming out of her nose and mouth and going everywhere - almost like when you drink a fizzy drink and it shoots out of your nose.

"I thought it might have been me - and because I was trying to feed her on my own.

"But when the midwife came around to help me, she realised something was wrong as the milk was going down the wrong tube and Georgie's breathing wasn't right.

"She was taken away from me a few times in the night and taken into special care. It wasn't until they X-rayed her that I was told what was wrong."

Just 22 hours after she was born, Georgie was rushed to surgery for an operation to connect her oesophagus to her trachea.

Eight months later, she's now out of hospital and at home in Consett, County Durham with her mum and dad Vic, 19.

In oesophageal atresia, the upper part of the oesophagus doesn't connect with the lower oesophagus and stomach. It ends in a pouch, which means food cannot reach the stomach.

The condition often occurs alongside another birth defect called a tracheoesophageal fistula.

Bruce Jaffray, consultant paediatric surgeon at the Great North Childrens' Hospital, where Georgie had her operation, told the Mail: "A tracheoesophageal fistula is an abnormality with the oesophagus which develops incorrectly - essentially leading to two blind endings to the oesophagus, the lower ending of which stopping at the windpipe.

"Patients undergo surgery whereby the two ends are stitched together and usually do well after that. Any additional medical conditions diagnosed are unrelated.

"When baby's first attempt at feeding is met with coughing and spluttering, nurses pass a tube down the nose and into the stomach and perform an X-ray.

"If the tube gets stuck in the chest as opposed to reaching the stomach, a tracheoesophageal fistula is diagnosed."

Since the initial surgery, Georgie has had a further five operations to correct her tubes and scar tissue and she will have to have further operations.

Stacey said: "We've had major setbacks and she's been so poorly but she's such a bright and bubbly little thing.

"Georgie is a lovely baby. She's so bright and clever. She does everything a normal baby would do. She loves peekaboo and is full of smiles."

Stacey is raising money for Great North Children's Hospital. To donate go to

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