Birth­day joy for pre­cious Di­a­mond

Girl born pre­ma­turely has first birth­day

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STUART PIKE

THE fam­ily of a girl born 14 weeks pre­ma­ture have de­scribed their joy as she has cel­e­brated a first birth­day they once feared they might never see.

Di­a­mond-Rose was born weigh­ing 2lbs 3oz and spent weeks bat­tling for sur­vival in neona­tal in­ten­sive care.

Par­ents Natalie Tay­lor and Boyd Townsend, of Knot­wood Court, Church were dis­traught at be­ing warned their pre­ma­ture baby had only a 50 per cent chance of sur­vival after her birth at Burn­ley Gen­eral Teach­ing Hospi­tal. How­ever, de­spite her roller­coaster start, Di­a­mond-Rose has reached her first birth­day mile­stone and is a happy, smil­ing lit­tle girl.

Mum Natalie, 27, who also has chil­dren EbonyLeigh, eight, Evie-Grace, six, Ri­ley-James, three and Ju­nior-Jay, two, gave birth to Di­a­mond-Rose by emer­gency Caesarean Sec­tion as she was in the breech po­si­tion.

She re­called: “None of my other chil­dren came early so it was a real shock. I was so scared as it was so early, I didn’t think she was go­ing to sur­vive.”

Di­a­mond-Rose was ven­ti­lated for a few weeks and car­ried on fight­ing de­spite en­dur­ing nu­mer­ous highs and lows. She had sev­eral blood trans­fu­sions and suf­fered a num­ber of in­fec­tions and had sep­sis. After 14 weeks in the high de­pen­dency unit, she was fi­nally well enough to go home and medics are pleased with her progress.

For­mer carer Natalie said: “Di­a­mond-Rose is on oxy­gen through a nasal can­nula and the con­sult- ant says she might be on it for a while yet. She is such a happy baby and is al­ways smil­ing and is so good and hardly ever cries. She sees a phys­io­ther­a­pist for her de­vel­op­ment and gets ex­er­cises and the com­mu­nity neona­tal nurses come out ev­ery week to see her.

“She has just started to sit up on her own. Her broth­ers and sis­ters are re­ally pro­tec­tive of her and everyone loves spoil­ing Di­a­mond-Rose.”

She added: “The NICU staff are amaz­ing and are all he­roes who save so many ba­bies’ lives. We have been back with gifts and cards a few times and we held a fundrais­ing night with a raf­fle and auc­tion which raised £1,200 for the unit.

“It is noth­ing com­pared to what they did for Di­a­mond-Rose but we just wanted to give a lit­tle back.”

Natalie’s mum Julie Broad­hurst, of Cen­tral Av­enue, Oswaldtwistle, said: “We knew the chances were slim and I re­mem­ber wor­ry­ing about how Natalie would cope if she lost her.”

Pre­ma­ture baby Di­a­mond-Rose Tay­lor cel­e­brat­ing her first birth­day and, in­set, with mum Natalie after her birth

Di­a­mond-Rose was in the high de­pen­dency unit for 14 weeks

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