J-Bay boy in heart drama

Tremaine van Aardt and Thulani Gqirana

IT was a race against time yesterday to save the life of a 10-year-old-boy who desperately needs a heart operation. Caldin Castle, of Jeffreys Bay, was admitted to Port Elizabeth’s Provincial Hospital on Tuesday but was flown to Cape Town’s Red Cross Hospital last night for the lifesaving operation to replace a pacemaker in his heart.

The pacemaker, inserted in 2007, had to be replaced urgently as the battery was not working and vital wires had broken.

Caldin, who was born with a hole in his heart, had to go to the Cape because there were no doctors to carry out the surgery at Provincial.

The head of cardiology at the Red Cross Hospital, Dr John Lawrenson, said Caldin would be evaluated urgently to decide when he could have the surgery, which would last about two hours.

Caldin’s first pacemaker was inserted at the Red Cross Hospital when he was six months old and replaced in 2007 when he was five.

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