A young couple say they’re lucky their daughter is alive after she developed septicaemia and are hoping to warn other parents of the dangers.
Alaska-Lily Morrison, 18, and her partner Callum Perry, 22, were left devastated when their daughter Amelie was rushed into intensive care just hours after being born in October.
Amelie was born, weighing 8lb 8oz, but not breathing.
She was resuscitated and the new parents got to meet their first child half an hour after she was born.
Amelie was put on antibiotics but after constant observations when she wasn’t responsive, she was rushed into the special care unit suffering from septicaemia.
Over the course of four days, the newborn underwent blood tests, a lumbar puncture and was given oxygen. Her condition was described as life-threatening but the youngster, described by the couple as “our little miracle” pulled through and was allowed home.
During pregnancy due to other health issues, Alaska-Lily had tests for Group B Streptococcus and although some tests were negative, one test was positive and she was given antibiotics during labour.
The couple say they were reassured that it would not cause a problem but there is a small risk that this can pass to the baby, causing complications - and this is what happened in Amelia’s case.
Now at home in Dogrose Drive, Bourne, Amelie is a happy and healthy child intrigued by bright colours around her.
But she might not have been so lucky and it is only now that Alaska-Lily and Callum have spoken to the Group B Strep Support charity, they realise how different things could have been.
Alaska-Lily was lucky in that she was tested but most new mothers are not. The charity offers a testing kit, costing £35, but it costs the NHS £11 and the couple say this is a small price to pay.
She said: “We were lucky enough to have the test but we just can’t imagine the outcome if she didn’t have any antibiotics during labour at all.
“You see so many horror stories about Group B Strep but you just don’t think it will ever happen to you.
“We are lucky Amelie is here today, she could have died.”
Amelie should have been born weighing around 5lb but she was so swollen and what should have been a magical experience was terrifying for Alaska-Lily and Callum as their daughter fought to survive.
The couple want to see the test readily available to all parents on the NHS.
According to the grateful couple, it is thanks to the doctors and nurses at Boston Pilgrim Hospital, where Amelie was born, that their daughter is here today.
Callum, a chef at The Stage in Market Deeping, said: “Everyone at the hospital was incredible. They showed us how to feed her through a tube and let us change her nappy. We had a private room, which was lovely. We really can’t thank them enough.
“They really made a terrifying experience the best it could have been.”