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Jenny Dillon went through a normal healthy pregnancy with no complications. Once she was two weeks over her due date, she was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital for her labour to be induced.  There she was given a pessary to start the labour, but unfortunately it worked very quickly, which caused distress to baby Ava.

Because Ava had inhaled meconium into her lungs, which can block the airways, the midwives rushed Jenny down for an emergency C-section.  Luckily for Jenny the medical team were able to get Ava out with forceps, but she didn’t start breathing straightaway.

On the neo natal ward, Ava was treated with cooling equipment, which is used to minimise the risk of brain damage in babies deprived of oxygen at birth. She was also tube-fed for three days. Once she was a little better, Ava was moved to the special care unit.

Jenny says: “I’ll never forget the nurse saying to me that someone was watching over Ava today and that she was a very lucky girl. But I think it was all the specialist equipment and the amazing staff that made us so lucky that day. I will never be able to thank them enough. The care and treatment we were given were second to none.”

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“The materials provided greatly help with the therapeutic process and engaging children, young people and their families in therapeutic work. The young people greatly appreciate having this equipment to use within their sessions. Many of the young people we see have a history of trauma including neglect and being able to access materials that they can use and enjoy is of great benefit and hopefully assists us to reinforce the messages of their worth as their self-concept is often very low.”

Michaela Foster
CAMHS Young People’s Team
Leicestershire CAMHS Partnership

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