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Dominic’s adoptive parents, Avril and Ron, talk about Dominic's treatment for fetal alcohol syndrome.  
Patient, Dominic

Dominic came into care as a very frail and tiny baby when he was eight months old.

He has a huge number of problems caused by his birth mother drinking alcohol when she was pregnant.

As foster carers we were devastated to find out that alcohol can cause so many problems.

Fetal alcohol syndrome

Dominic had many features of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) including the facial features, severe ptosis (upper eyelid droop), skeletal problems, bowel problems and the most serious and life-threatening symptom, tetralogy of Fallot (a congenital heart defect).

He had severe reflux, is tube fed and had an antegrade continent enema (ACE) to help with his severe constipation.

First visit to the hospital

Dominic was one year old when we took him to GOSH to be seen at the eye clinic. He had no muscle in his eyelids and was unable to open his eyes.

Consultant plastic surgeon David Dunaway performed amazing and successful surgery on Dominic’s eyelids when he was four. Now Dominic loves to show off his big eyes.

He continues to be a frequent visitor to the hospital, having his eyes checked for any deterioration, and has stoma care from specialist nurses Helen and Monica.

"Our little Dominic always has a huge smile and giggle and he bounces back after all his treatment. Just like Tigger."