“He was born limp, blue and unresponsive.”
Preterm birth can be terrifying for parents, but one UK mum is using her experience to help other families. According to the World Health Organisation, every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 weeks), and this number is rising.
Kirsty Floate had a difficult pregnancy with her third child Harley, collapsing several times and spending weeks in hospital. Her little boy Harley eventually came a month early, and was rushed immediately to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She told The Cambridge News that it was a “very tough emotional rollercoaster”.
“I know how scary it is to be there when you give birth. It’s supposed to be the most incredible moment of your life but then your baby is taken away.”
Happily, following a number of tests and scans, and 10 days in hospital, Harley was eventually released into Kirsty’s care. He is now a happy and healthy boy, she says. Kirsty has nothing but praise for the hospital staff, who she said reassured her every step of the way.
“The team and the doctors worked magic with my son and and their support and communication to me was out of this world – constantly keeping me informed of his progress and further tests he needed.”
This has now inspired Kirsty to fundraise for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust in Cambridge, UK, to support staff and other mothers.
“Honestly the staff kept me going,” she said. “If it hadn’t been for communication between them and me I probably would have been a complete and utter mess.
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