Donèll Damian Bhattoe

19/04/00 - 22/05/12

 

 

 

 

Donèll Damian Bhattoe

 

19/04/00 - 22/05/12

 

 

Welcome to Donèll's memorial page.

 

 

Donèll was born on the 19th of April in 2000. After five days he was diagnosed with Kernicterus. He spent almost a month in the hospital recovering. Luckily he survived but was left with damage to his cerebral cortex and brain stem. Due to the brain damage, Donèll was unable to walk, talk or eat by himself. His condition also caused several other "difficulties". For example he had lung problems, growth problems and Epilepsy (mild when treated properly). Though life was hard on him, he had fun. Donèll loved attention, watching cartoons on a big screen, playing with people, taking a walk and most of all being pampered and cuddled.

 

During his life Donèll spent several times in the hospital. He suffered from unknown infections, Pneumonia and even Swine influenza (November 2009). But he always survived. In October of 2011 he suffered from a broken knee and had to spend a month in the hospital. In January of 2012 he suffered from an infection in his right shoulder. This was hard on him. By now he hated the hospital with everything he had. The infection was treated with antibiotics, intravenous. So Donèll had to stay in the hospital for treatment. Again he made it. No harm done, let's go home Donèll. But on the last weekend of January 2012 disaster struck again. We noticed Donèll's right shoulder looked bigger. Back to the hospital! Donèll was admitted again and had to spend yet another week in the hospital. "Luckily" it was "just a tear" (through and through) in his muscle. The doctors decided not to operate him. Painkillers, some real tender love and care and he should be all right.

 

By now Donèll was getting bigger and bigger. He was scheduled for a major surgery by the end of 2012 to correct the curve in his spine (Scolioses). This would allow him to breath better and give his other organs more space. Unfortunately it did not come to that.

 

On Monday the 21st of May Donèll suffered from a cardiac arrest while at his special daycare. He was resuscitated while his mother (Natascha) raced to get there. Once she arrived the medic told her there was no more hope. By now he had been out for at least thirty minutes. Natascha was allowed to see Donèll. While she held him and touched his face, Donèll's heart started beating again. He was rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile the police contacted dad (Aschwin) and gave him the bad news. Dad drove directly to the hospital where he met with Natascha and Donèll. There the doctors explained what could be expected of Donèll after not being able to breath for at least thirty minutes. The likelihood of Donèll ever leaving that hospital alive and in "good health" was almost non-existent. Donèll's big sister Lah Tascha and kid brother Anakin were rushed to the hospital. We explained what had happened to Donèll and that this was probably the best time to say goodbye.

That night Donèll's condition had not improved. It was getting worse and worse. We didn't want Donèll to leave this world on a cold bed connected to multiple lines and a tube down his throat. So, we asked the doctors and nurses to remove every line and tube. On Thursday the 22nd of May 2012 at 02:26 Donèll died in his mother's arms and held by this father.

 

We, his family (and friends), believe Donèll had suffered enough. His heart had given up on him after twelve years of fighting. We are very grateful to you Donèll, for coming back and giving us just enough time to say goodbye. Wherever you are, we love you and thank you for lasting this long!

 

Anakin - Lah Tascha - Mom - Dad.