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Battling The Effects of Drowning: Enis The Wonderchild

By Serpil Kadirlar

Children are often far more resilient than adults. This medical fact is further proven with so many examples of children who have survived traumatic injuries and horrific accidents, including in instances where adults involved in the same or similar tragedies have perished.

Dr Alistair Sutcliffe, senior lecturer in paediatrics at University College London, said “It’s simple physics. They have chubbier bodies and a higher proportion of body water so they are more robust to injury. They have more padding around their bodies and they generally recover quickly.”

“It’s biology that protects children, not psychology,” says Sutcliffe. “Children are prone to stress as much as anyone. Children also heal better than adults. If you operate on a foetus while it’s in its mother’s womb, it will heal without a scar,” he says. “Your healing capacity goes down as you get older. Children often recover very quickly but they can also get ill quickly. That’s why looking after children is so stressful.”

“Children may withstand more trauma than adults because they are healthier to begin with. Their hearts are stronger and take longer to pack in,” says Sutcliffe. “If you resuscitate a child, after they’ve drowned, for example, you keep going because they can be resuscitated after longer than an adult can.”

Enis before the accident

Enis is certainly one of those incredible little children who has already exceeded the expectations of doctors and survived the odds surrounding his injuries after he drowned in a swimming pool, leaving him with life- long injuries.


Enis’ mother, Ayla, has been Enis’24 hour care giver. A ‘Just giving’ crowdfunding page has been set up in order to raise money for Enis’ current and future treatment. The aim? To raise enough money to pay for Stem Cell treatment which will restore many of Enis’ motor abilities, giving him a chance of a normal childhood.

Ayla explains exactly what happened on the day of the accident and future hopes for her young son. …

“April 11th 2017 was the last time I saw my baby laughing, eating breakfast, hearing him call me mummy. That day my life stopped, & a part of me died.

Enis with mum, Ayla

It was around 11am when I got the call at work… telling me my son had drowned. I drove through red lights & sped across mountains to get to the hospital. That’s where my life turned upside down. When I saw Enis for the first time, laying in a bed hooked up to wires, my heart stopped. I might have been breathing but I was dying inside. Enis was soon flown a better facilitated  hospital in Isparta- a 5 hour drive from where we live-  and I don’t even remember driving those 5 hours to get to him.

The next day is where time stood still. My hopes & prayers were destroyed when I was told Enis was brain dead. I was asked- did I want to give away his organs?

The following day, Enis’ was given an EEG test (Electroencephalography: a monitoring method to record electrical activity of the brain). His results showed very slight brain waves (since then every EEG test has shown a slight improvement). Enis has damage to every cortex of his brain, but his brain stems are still functioning.

 I was hell bent on taking Enis to the UK as we couldn’t do hyperbaric oxygen treatment in Turkey which can be a game changer for anoxic brain injuries.

Just as we were ready to leave, news came from the London Hospital which told us that hospital would pull the plug on Enis, ending his life. 5 weeks after his accident. Every hope I had was shattered, when I say I was floored I literally was.

My biggest strength throughout all of this has come from Enis. It can be difficult to look beyond the wires & the tubes, but as I look into Enis eyes, I see them sparkling back, I knew then that faith and love can conquer fear, that courage can rise from the darkest of places, I know thus far Enis is my miraculous Wonderchild. This has been the most traumatic, lonely, scary year of my life, but throughout it all, I have had some wonderful support from family, friends and even strangers! Without this, maybe I would not have beaten down so many doors to help Enis.


Enis is still classed as in a ‘Vegetative State’ as he cannot make purposeful movements, and is still ventilator dependent.

My social media page is full of my dear friends & family in & around pools/lakes/water activities at this time of year. I’m begging everyone on this planet to firstly teach children how to swim, secondly know what to do if a drowning takes place.

As you now know, Enis had a non-fatal drowning accident last year. The severity of his brain damage means that he is in a so called vegatative state & on life support. Enis is spastic quadriplegic, has pseudomonas, epilepsy, dystonia, scoliosis, both hips dislocated, chronic lung disease, renal impairment, gastro oesophageal, kidney stones, has a peg as he can’t swallow. He is cordially blind & is hard of hearing. He was in PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit)  for 11 months & suffered from sepsis and pneumonia a few times. On top of that he had his legs broken in 3 places due to malnutrition and incompetence from the hospital. I’m incredibly lucky that my boy is the biggest fighter that all the doctors have ever seen.

If Enis’ story could prevent one child from drowning, I’d be so happy.

Our only hope for Enis to improve at this particular time is to have Stem Cell Therapy. To help anoxic brain injurıes, there have been great results in China, Mexico, USA, Germany and Sweden mainly. A boy last year in Turkey, who had a very similar brain injury as Enis- and like Enis, the prognosis was not good, fortunately he found a top Professor Doctor in Liv Hospital in Istanbul and is now walking and talking. The same professor will also treat Enis and inject Enis’ Stem Cells from his hips into his spinal cord which will then travel up to his brain. The greatest benefit other anoxic brain injured children have seen from stem cells is improvement in motor skills, muscle strength, tone, spasticity, coordination, vision and laughter (What I would do to hear my baby laugh again!)

All I can ask of anyone reading this is please share Enis’ crowd funding page and if possible, donate. This treatment is about giving Enis back a quality of life that every 3 year old boy deserves.

The brain is the most under- researched part of the body. Once Enis has Stem Cell Therapy, there will be many other treatments available to him. I am especially keen on him getting Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment and cold laser therapy. Enis is a warrior and I am his assistant. He clearly wants to win the fight until recovery.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout this journey, I can’t tell you how much it means to Enis and I.”

Please follow Enis’ facebook page for updates on his progress, Enis The Wonderchild, at:

And if you can, please help Enis and his family reach the target of £24,000 for the Stem Cell treatment, which will finally give this little boy his life back!

You can donate via Enis’s crowdfunding page by visiting:

Enis has overcome many obstacles, contrary to what doctors initially believed, and celebrated his third birthday this year


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