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Layla Henry was born at Whiston Hospital, premature at 27 weeks 4 days and weighing just 2lb 9oz. Because she was struggling to breathe, she was rushed to the Special Care Baby Unit and placed on a ventilator. After that she spent 10 days in Royal Oldham Hospital, where she received respiratory support from CPAP and BiPAP machines.

Once Layla was stable enough she was transferred back to Whiston where she was put onto a Vapotherm Precision Flow System, which provides measurements of temperature controlled flow, oxygen delivery and humidity for babies whose tiny lungs need respiratory support. The Precision Flow operates without the discomfort of a nasal tube and gives parents better access to their babies for cuddles and bonding.

Layla’s dad Kieran says: “Layla is now five weeks old and has just been taken off the high flow and put onto low flow oxygen, and is gaining weight steadily. We learnt about MedEquip4Kids from the ward manager, who explained to us that the charity donated the high flow machine that Layla was on. We are extremely thankful for the support that you have given us which has helped Layla to continue growing and progressing.”

The Special Care Baby Unit at Whiston treats over 316 premature or sick newborn babies like Layla each year from Prescot and St Helens.

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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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