Weʼve raised £1,750 to Jac's Mat
- Bangor, Gwynedd
- Funded on Tuesday, 31st December 2019
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Jac was born at Ysbyty Gwynedd a day early on the 14th of July.
After a difficult birth, to our complete shock he was not breathing when he was born and was immediately taken to the Special Care Baby Unit. Within hours he began to have seizures. These would continue for the next 4 days, in total Jac suffered around 40 seizures.
What we now know is the seizures were a symptom of HIE (Hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy) a condition caused by a lack of blood and oxygen reaching a baby's brain, in Jac's case during his birth.
HIE occurs in around 1.5/1000 births and can affect all of a baby's organs, particularly the brain where a lack of oxygen can lead to brain injury causing physical disability and learning difficulties.
There is no cure for HIE, however in more severe cases there is a treatment which can reduce the extent of damage caused if given shortly after the oxygen depriving incident.
The treatment is known as Therapeutic Hypothermia and involves the baby being placed in a 'cooling mat' for 72 hours. The mat lowers the body temperature to 33.5, placing the baby in a controlled hypothermic state and as a result limits the extent of brain injury caused by HIE.
Jac was transferred to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Neonatal Unit at 15 hours old to receive this treatment as currently there is no such equipment available in Ysbyty Gwynedd.
What happened to Jac was unusual but could happen to any baby. We have been very lucky, Jac is a healthy and happy boy and is not showing signs of any damage. Only time will if any permanent damage was done but what we do know is that without the treatment it is highly likely any damage would be significantly worse.
We will be forever in debt to all the staff at both Ysbyty Gwynedd and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd who looked after Jac. Our hope is that with your help we can go some way to repay this debt by helping Ysbyty Gwynedd to purchase a cooling mat to ensure babies born there with HIE are able to start the treatment without delay.
- 2 years ago
Laura O'Sullivan2 years ago
Thank you so much to everyone who had donated so far...we are so grateful for your support! We have decided to raise our target as we have been so pleasantly surprised by people's generosity and kindness. The cooling mat is a very expensive piece of equipment and so the more we can raise towards it, the better!! Thanks again 💙Xx
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Nic and Geth
Dec 18, 2019
Well done Laura and Jac. Lots of love Nic, Geth & kids xxx
Dec 18, 2019
So happy to help this worthy cause from all Santander at Bangor xxx
Dec 1, 2019
A little something for Christmas!
Nov 30, 2019
Nov 7, 2019
Glad to hear that Jac is thriving now. Well done on the fund raising 🙂
Nov 6, 2019
Nov 5, 2019
Great cause, sorry I can’t give more xxx
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