....and this is the reason why,
These heartfelt words are written by our amazing friend Cheryl, mammy of 2 gorgeous girls....
On the 10th November 2016 our twin baby girls Emily Rose and Olivia Mary were born via emergency C-section after my waters had gone with Olivia at North Tees University Hospital. Olivia also had a heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which is where the left side of her heart didn't developed, which was being very closely monitored since diagnosed. Due to infection and Olivia's heart rate dipping they had to deliver our girls at 28 weeks plus 5 days so that means they were 3 months premature. Our girls were instantly taken to the neonatal ward. The team of Doctors and Nurses were absolutely amazing, so patient and compassionate, the whole team took such great care of our girls and kept us up to date with the girls plans. Both Emily and Olivia had quite a bumpy journey both having time deal with infection and Olivia being ventilated and keeping her poorly heart stable with medication, also Emily with being ventilated, then she was on CIPAP for a long time before being weaned to low flow oxygen. However after 3 weeks Olivia was doing so well she was just concentrating on growing she had no infection until one morning me and her daddy came into hospital as well always did to check on our girls and do their cares etc, the nurse had told us that Olivia had developed an infection in her gut which is common with premature babies, it was confirmed she had NEC, so she was transferred to RVI in Newcastle for closer monitoring and if she needed an operation she was in the place she needed to be. So we had Emily at North Tees and Olivia at RVI. So myself stayed with Olivia and Daddy stayed with Emily. Olivia was doing ok on the antibiotics until a couple days later her tummy got bigger and an x-ray confirmed she had a hole in her bowel that needed surgery however after the drs from both RVI and Freemans Hospital who knew of Olivia due to her poorly heart had lengthy discussions about weather to do surgery or r not they cane to a decision that Olivia was too high risk and they were not prepared to operate on Olivia so we then had to make the heartbreaking decision to take Olivia off her ventilator and keep her comfortable, which we did as we didn't want to see our baby suffer any longer, so we got taken to a room where we had lots of cuddles and kisses and spent a good few hours with our girl with no tubes just us until she passed away peacefully in mammy and daddy's arms and she was 29 days old. We can't thank both the RVI and the team at North tees for everything they have done enough, if it weren't for them we wouldn't of got to have all the lovely memories we got to have with our girls they were brilliant and they know how much we need those memories to cherish forever, they thought of absolutely everything, thank you.
Emily bless her was still at North Tees where she continued getting well looked after by the neonatal team, it was so strange after Olivia has passed away it seemed like Emily gained her own little angel as she in 1 week came of CIPAP onto high flow oxygen, had her first bottle rather than tube fed and went from an incubator to her cot and since then nothing has stopped her, she went to low flow oxygen and went home on low flow she was on the unit for a total of 9 weeks and since coming home she has been weaned off the oxygen by the fantastic neonatal community nurses who are amazing! She goes to the neonatal playgroup and catches up with all her neonatal baby friends, she was born 2lb 11oz and is now 14lb 4oz! She is growing so fast and we could not be more proud of her, she has overcome so much and it is all thanks to the Neonatal teams!
Thank You! xx
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