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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.

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