Gary and Jordan Ablett have revealed they needed to rush their three-year-old son straight to hospital after little Levi suffered one more health scare.
Levi has a uncommon degenerative illness – which the couple went public with in 2020.
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The household had just lately been holidaying on the Gold Coast when Levi was struck with some respiratory issues.
“Not the return we anticipated,’’ Jordan wrote in an update on Thursday.
“Little man was taken to hospital yesterday morning after almost 3 weeks of struggling to fight something.
“Turns out his little body has been hit with TWO respiratory illnesses at the one time.
“He’s been resting up and is being cared for by amazing doctors. He had a great night sleep (not poor dad though) and is doing better. Our little champ!
Just last month, Jordan took to Instagram to speak candidly about how a photoshoot with little Levi led to a tragic diagnosis.
She shared the poignant pictures with her followers, urging them to trust their gut when it comes to their kids.
“These photos were taken back in March of 2020. Levi was a few months past his first birthday and while on set it became clear as day that something wasn’t right,” Jordan wrote.
“I remember the photographer asking me if Levi could stand/sit and I said no and as we continued taking photos I was thinking ‘this isn’t right’.”
Jordan went on to elucidate that when she tried to get her son right into a standing place “he wouldn’t put any weight through his legs at all”.
“He was super floppy in all positions, had really poor head control and for the most part (if not the entire time) kept his hands clenched tight,” she wrote.
“I still cherish all my photos with my boy, but I must say there is a tinge of sadness and disappointment when I look at some because I don’t understand how things went under the radar for so long.
“Not having had a child before Levi I couldn’t compare and didn’t know what’s typical of a baby and what’s not.”
Jordan – who welcomed a child lady, Grace, in November 2021, additionally shared an essential message.
“If you have the slightest doubt about your child’s development, whether merely a thought or an unrelenting gut-feeling like we did, I encourage you to voice your concerns with a professional and persist if your concerns remain,” she wrote.
“If there happens to be a problem then you’re the parent who knew and put baby first because you love them and want them to be well.
“If there is no problem then you’re the parent who was unsure and put baby first because you love them and want them to be well.
“No harm can come from asking questions and seeking professional support. Felt like I needed to share this!”
Talking beforehand as an envoy for Melbourne’s Good Friday Appeal, Jordan opened up about the difficulties she faces in speaking along with her son.
“It’s really difficult from a practical point of view, but also really difficult just being his mum and not being able to hear his voice or know what he needs. When he gets upset, I have to guess what the problem is,” she advised the Herald Sun.
“Although I will say, despite him not being able to communicate, I do feel as though I’ve really learnt to understand him over the years – I have had to put a lot of confidence in my parenting.”
Jordan defined Levi additionally had challenges in terms of meals and drink as they might get into his lungs and trigger him to aspirate in the event that they weren’t blended sufficient.
She stated there was a large staff of individuals at the Royal Youngsters’s Hospital who monitored his health.
“As a mum who relies heavily on the RCH (Royal Children’s Hospital) for my son’s care, I fully understand how important it is that we be generous so that the children can continue to receive world-class care,” Jordan wrote on Instagram.
“These kids are bright lights and we all want to see them shine.
“Your support is truly heartfelt by all impacted by the RCH.”
Ablett, the now-retired Geelong star, hung out away from the AFL’s Queensland hub throughout the 2020 COVID-impacted season beacuse of his little boy’s situation.
Final yr, Jordan opened up on The Important Others podcast, detailing the heartbreaking second docs delivered the information to the couple.
“I just remember sitting with Gaz in that meeting and when they said it, I just remember absolutely breaking down,” she stated.
“It’s one thing to receive a diagnosis which just confirms that Levi has a rare and degenerative disease.
“However, it’s another thing to understand that it is life-threatening and that’s like a whole other ball game and a whole other situation in itself because that stuff you just can’t prepare for.
“There is a very short life expectancy, which is why I constantly say to people when they ask about Levi that we are literally just taking it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds.”