Baby Chloe’s Survival Story

April 25th, 2012 by Leanne

Our daughter Chloe was born in Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral, on the 19th May 2011, at just 26 Weeks and weighing only 1lb 15oz. During labour I contracted an Invasive Group A Streptococcal infection (iGAS). Because of this doctors, after a while, gave up all hope of Chloe being delivered alive and left me fighting for survival. When Chloe was born, the medical team managed to get her breathing and took her straight to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I spent the next 3 days fighting in intensive care.

Chloe remained in Arrowe Park for 20 days, before being transferred back home to Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport. After just 7 days in stockport, Chloe contracted Necrotizing Enterocolitis, an aggressive infection that attacks the bowels in premature babies. Within hours she was rushed to Alder Hey children’s hospital for a life saving operation to remove the infected bowels. She had lost so much due to infection that surgeons gave  a poor outlook on surviving surgery, and an even smaller chance of survival going forward.

Chloe fought through the surgery, and a further five more procedures, over a total of 8 months in hospital, the last 6 months of which were spent in St Mary’s and Manchester Children’s hospitals.

This year, the 19th of May marks a very special day which many doctors thought we would never see, Chloe’s first birthday. To celebrate the amazing journey we have been taken on over the last 12 months, and the beautiful, strong, and ever smiling daughter that they have given to us, we are organizing a number of fundraising events over the next month. The money raised will be going back to the NICU wards that worked so hard to save our daughter, and to the Ronald McDonald houses that provided us with both accommodation and more importantly a support network between us and other parents going through similar struggles

This page is to support me in a sponsored head shaving, which will see all proceeds going to Alder Hey Ronald McDonald house. Please do all you can to give as much as possible to give this amazing project a much needed helping hand.

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