On Saturday 14th November at 3.30am, Sebastian Alban Makhzangi (Lentil) was born unconscious at Leicester General due to him being a misdiagnosed breech, only discovered mid birth at St Mary's Birthing Centre in Melton. He was resuscitated before being transferred to the Royal neonatal intensive care unit for a 72 hour cooling treatment. It was touch and go in those first few hours and then the primary focus, once he was stabilised, was on protecting his brain against damage caused by lack of oxygen at birth.
After 10 nights and the most phemonemal care by the neonatal intensive and special care teams, Sebastian was able to come home, every bit a normal, healthy baby. He remains under the care of his consultant for two years as even with today's medical expertise, some symptoms may yet develop. For now, however, he is thriving, happy little chap and we are completely indebted to the neonatal unit. We hope that through this bike ride, we will be able to give something back to the hospital and potentially help save other precious little lives.
With thanks from Toby, Rachel and Sebastian.