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In September 2021, baby Jasmine was born weighing just 788g at Arrowe Park Hospital with mum Sophie just 24 weeks pregnant at the time. After three weeks at the hospital, it was discovered that baby Jasmine had milk curd obstruction.
Milk curd obstruction is a rare but serious medical condition that can be life-threatening, where the bowel becomes inflamed and damaged, typically affecting pre-term children.
Jasmine required a procedure to remove the parts of her bowel that had been damaged, which could only be done in a specialised children’s hospital with full paediatric surgery facilities such as Alder Hey. Following the operation, she and mum Sophie were transferred to Liverpool Women’s Hospital to complete her recovery.
Jasmine then had to be transferred back to Alder Hey to have a broviac line fitted, which is a long thin rubber tube that is inserted into a child’s chest to help with blood tests, intravenous feeding, medications or fluids. She then returned to Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
In total Jasmine and mum Sophie made the trip between Alder Hey and Liverpool Women’s a further two times, including for a three-hour long operation, before the family were moved to their local hospital in Warrington and believed they were on the home stretch.
However, that was not to be the last of Jasmine’s problems. Jasmine once again had to be transferred to Alder Hey having become very sleepy and being unable to hold her feeds down during her recovery at Warrington Hospital. She was diagnosed with pseudo bowel obstruction and had to undergo three further operations in the space of a week.
In total, Jasmine and her family, who live in Warrington, were transferred between three hospitals a total of nine times in 5 months.
Jasmine is now ‘doing really well’ and is at home recovering and getting to know her sisters Jorgie and Tegan says mum Sophie.
She said: “The staff are amazing, absolutely amazing! They really couldn’t do anything more for you.
“It was difficult being transferred back and forth from different hospitals. You are so concerned about the child and how poorly they are. They’ve just had another operation and they’re being put back in the ambulance to go back to another hospital, it was difficult. You also have to build up the relationship with the nurses again, you need to get to know them, they need to get to know the baby, I found that really hard.
“The new unit is crucial for stressed and worried parents to know that they are able to be by the side of their sick baby straight after theatre. It’s hard seeing them so poorly and having to be transported from one place to another already being such vulnerable patients on a large amount of oxygen support. Moving all your things along with them too is hard work luckily, we drive but many parents might not and your unable to be with them in the ambulance. Having the new unit will relive a large amount of added stress to parents and baby. It’s much needed for poorly future babies and families.”
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