Baby’s remarkable start to life
A CANNONVALE baby had a remarkable start to life last week, having to be resuscitated just after he was born.
When Bayli McGowan was born shortly before 8am on September 24 at Proserpine Hospital, he did not take his first breath, instead going into cardiac arrest and having to be resuscitated by medical staff.
Parents Jess Lewis and Stephen McGowan could only watch on in horror as doctors and nurses rushed into the room to join the two midwives who had been present at the birth.
“It was pretty scary,” Stephen said.
“It was really quick, they cut the cord, put him on the table and resuscitated him.
“We were expecting a normal natural birth.
“It all went that way, but when he went to take his first breath he couldn’t.”
Stephen said he was allowed to remain in the room, helping Jess while staff worked to save Bayli’s life.
“I had to help Jess. Everyone was focused on the baby,” he said.
“A midwife and I helped deliver the placenta.
“It was really hard. Watching your baby get resuscitated and trying to help your girlfriend.”
Stephen said it was a time of mixed emotions.
“In love, scared, happy, sad, all at once,” he said of how he was feeling.
After resuscitating Bayli, Proserpine staff were talked through what was needed next with a consult from Townsville Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Bayli was then taken to Townsville Hospital by the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter which had a neonatal recovery team onboard.
Jess had complication from the birth and had to remain at the hospital with both parents finally able to leave able 5pm to head to Townsville to see their baby.
Bayli is now in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Townsville Hospital, but Stephen said he was improving each day.
He is still connected to several monitors and other machines and it is expected that he will need to remain in the NICU for a few weeks before being moved to elsewhere in the hospital.
His parents are now waiting for the day when they will finally get to cuddle their son.
Jess only held him for a few seconds after he was born, before he struggled to take his first breath.
As for what caused Bayli to have breathing difficulties when he was born, Stephen said he had been told they may never know, other than it was a problem with his lungs. “It could have been an infection that wasn’t picked up, or he could have had fluid (on his lungs) he couldn’t handle,” he said.
Stephen was full of praise for Proserpine Hospital staff, crediting them for saving his son’s life.
“Without the fast actions of the midwives, Bayli our baby boy would have died,” he said.
“Thank you for saving my baby.”
He was also thankful for the fast actions from the helicopter crew, who were able to get Bayli to Townsville so quickly and with such good care onboard.
“It’s good we’ve got the helicopter,” he said.
“Imagine 20 or 30 years ago, they wouldn’t have had a helicopter with the (specialised) baby equipment.”
Jess and Stephen are staying at Red Cross House in Townsville, with Jess to remain in Townsville as long as Bayli is there, while Stephen will swap between Townsville and their home so he can continue working.
“We would like to thank all involved including the Red Cross for housing us here in Townsville and all the doctors and nurses,” he said.
RECOVERING: Bayli McGowan had to be resuscitated by Proserpine Hospital staff after he failed to take his first breath when he was born on September 24.