NRL star Mitchell Allgood has begun his heartbreaking struggle to fund the emergency medical care of his baby after the child was born with a rare skull defect.
The St. George Illawarra star welcomed his second child Jude into the world last October, but within six months the newborn was diagnosed with the rare Craniosynostosis skull defect.
The father of two has since fought to bear the financial costs of Jude & # 39; s $ 30,000 medical treatment for the one-in-3,000 condition.
St. George Illawara star and father of two Mitchell Allgood, 30, welcomed his second child Jude into the world last October, but within six months the newborn was diagnosed with the rare Craniosynostosis skull defect (pictured from the left Allgood with Jude, and wife) Madeleine with other son Peter, three)
The diagnosis followed months of uncertainty about what was wrong with Judas – who struggled to breastfeed because of his malformed palate and was often tongue bound.
In the case of the younger one, the condition had caused part of his skull to crush his brain – causing constant headache.
If surgeons had not performed a complex five-hour operation to reform his skull in July, the child would be confronted with potential blindness and permanent brain damage.
The medical costs associated with Jude's care are extensive – Allgood estimates that the treatment will be a five-figure amount, taking into account surgery, consultations and the temporary relocation of the family to Adelaide for specialist treatment.
In the future, the young boy must be checked annually until he has finished puberty to follow his progress.
Craniosynostosis occurs in one in 2,500 babies & in the case of Judas, a part of his skull is pressed into his brain – causing constant headache (pictured after surgery in July)
& # 39; I have health insurance, but with accommodation (in Adelaide), flights and special arrangements, that is quite fast & # 39 ;, he told Daily Mail Australia.
After playing in the St.George Reserve Team last year with a year-to-year contract, the attacker earns less than $ 100,000 a year and has difficulty financing his baby's care.
What is Craniosynostosis?
Craniosynostosis occurs when the joints that hold the skull together fuse early before the brain is fully grown
The brain continues to grow but cannot expand evenly because part of the skull is closed
Fusion of skull sutures occurs in about 1 in 3000 births.
The condition is not considered to be genetic and it is believed to be caused by a genetic defect.
The most common suture to fuse prematurely is the Saggital, which makes the head long and narrow
Source: Children's health Qld
The 30-year-old, who also has a three-year-old son Peter, had to put forward his superannuation and ask his parents and in-laws to make a contribution.
But despite all the financial difficulties of treating his son, the footy star said that one of the most difficult parts of the past year lost his first precious moments with Judas.
& # 39; All the different people we've had to endure and the time we've spent away from our baby, we can't go back, & # 39; said Allgood.
& # 39; Now we know that everything heals, we try to enjoy him as much as possible. & # 39;
The father struggled in silence for most of the past year and in July told his Dragons teammates only what he and his wife Madeleine were going through.
& # 39; We had a meeting in the dressing room. It was very difficult to stand up to your teammates and let them know what was going on, & he said.
& # 39; But I am blown away by the message of support – that genuine love and care – and how much the club has helped. & # 39;
After playing in the St.George reserve team last year with a year-to-year contract, the attacker (photo) earns less than $ 100,000 a year and has difficulty financing his baby's care
The 30-year-old, who also has a three-year-old son Peter, had to put forward his superannuation and ask his parents and in-laws to contribute
The father struggled in silence for most of the past year and in July told his Dragons teammates only what he and his wife Madeleine went through
Because of all the pain, Allgood strives to raise awareness about the condition so that other families can get a diagnosis before it is too late.
& # 39; We were lucky to find out what was wrong with Judas, but at the same time we want to help people avoid the same kind of harassment, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It would have saved so much pain. & # 39;
The stubborn attacker is currently taking care of a broken foot that he sustained in a match last weekend, but uses Jude's fight as inspiration to continue the career he loves.
& # 39; Judas has just proven that everyone is wrong, he overcomes any obstacle thrown in his way, he really is my hero, & # 39; he said.
But despite all the financial problems of treating his son, the footy star said that one of the most difficult parts of the past year lost his first precious moments with Judas
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