Bevan Hurley

Bevan Hurley is the Herald on Sunday chief reporter.

Weepu's baby in hospital

Taylor Weepu is expected to be released from hospital today. Photo / Supplied
Taylor Weepu is expected to be released from hospital today. Photo / Supplied

Doting dad Piri Weepu spent a sleepless night after his baby daughter Taylor was taken to hospital for brain scans following a seizure.

Weepu rushed home from Auckland to Wellington to watch over his 8-month-old daughter.

"She had an accident and I went home to check on her for peace of mind," Weepu said.

Weepu's 19-month old Keira was also in hospital this week for brain scans.

The World Cup-winning halfback told thousands of followers on a social networking site she wasn't her "usual smiley self".

But by yesterday Taylor had improved and was expected to be released from hospital today.

"Things are looking better, neuro doctor gave us good news, nothing bad with her brain. Waiting for main doctor now. Could be home time soon!"

Weepu's partner Candice Russell posted pictures on Facebook from Wellington Hospital, calling Taylor 'Our tough little cookie'.

It was the second health scare to hit the Weepus this week after Taylor's sister Keira also had seizures, prompting neurological tests in hospital for her too.

Former Waikato Hospital director of neurosurgery Venkat Balakrishnan said the brain scans were usually ordered to check for conditions such as general epilepsy, focal epilepsy, drop attacks and brain tumours.

"Children with epilepsy require careful watch and observation, checking the pattern and progression of epilepsy, checking the effects of medications [and] its side effects to check which is the best drug to control their epilepsy."

Balakrishnan also said parents of children with epilepsy should take special care - though there was no confirmation the Weepu children were suffering from the ailment.

Epilepsy campaigner Amie Jane, wife of Weepu's All Black teammate Cory, voiced her support yesterday. Their son Cassius suffers from epilepsy.

Jane Tweeted: "Poor baby! We love u n Cass knows how it feels pretty girl xxxx"

Last month, images of Weepu bottle-feeding Taylor were cut after protests by the La Leche League, sparking a nationwide debate about breastfeeding.

- Herald on Sunday

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