Nyssa Mcgeehan, 33, the ECMO machine not only saved her life but her unborn child’s.
She said: “It all started for me back in 2011 when I was 25 weeks pregnant with my son Ciaran.
“I thought it was just a normal cold but it got worse and it turned out to be the H1N1 strain of swine flu. “I was admitted to hospital in Elgin and put to sleep before being transferred to Aberdeen.
“I was on the ECMO machine and it saved my life to be honest.
“I think it gave the doctors sleepless nights, they told me that they had debated whether or not to give me a C-section or to keep him in, but they managed to put both of us on the ECMO machine”
Ciaran is now 7 and has been affectionately nicknamed the ‘ECMO baby’ by Nyssa and husband Stuart, and the ECMO staff.
Lifesaving: Stuart and Nyssa Mcgeehan with their son Ciaran. Nyssa – and her unborn son – survived swine flu.