Mum de­fied docs to save twin

Amie nom­i­nated for in­spi­ra­tional mum award

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Liz Ley­don

A Cam­bus­lang mum who was faced with a heart­break­ing de­ci­sion has told how she de­fied doc­tor’s or­ders to save her son.

Amie Mac­don­ald, 29, was 15 weeks preg­nant with twins El­lis and Blair when she was ad­vised to ter­mi­nate El­lis due to a con­di­tion known as se­lec­tive in­trauter­ine growth re­stric­tion.

But she re­fused and went on to give birth to both boys.

A Cam­bus­lang mum has told how she re­fused medics’ guidance and went on to give birth to both her twin boys.

Amie Mac­don­ald, 29, was 15 weeks preg­nant with El­lis and Blair when she was ad­vised to ter­mi­nate one, El­lis, due to a con­di­tion known as se­lec­tive in­trauter­ine growth re­stric­tion.

Lit­tle El­lis was suf­fer­ing from re­stric­tive growth and it was thought that he would not sur­vive the com­ing two weeks.

But Amie de­cided to “let na­ture take its course” after re­search­ing the con­di­tion on the in­ter­net. She said: “After a scan doc­tors said the ‘se­lec­tive re­duc­tion’ of El­lis, who was es­sen­tially shrink wrapped in the womb, would give Blair a bet­ter chance of sur­vival. I was told to come back in two days for an­other scan to make a de­ci­sion.”

But rather than fol­low the ad­vice, Amie looked to im­prove her pro­tein and wa­ter in­take to give her twin the best fight­ing chance.

She de­liv­ered them early at 29 weeks. Blair weighed 2lbs 8ozs and El­lis weighed 1lb 7ozs but El­lis has faced on­go­ing health chal­lenges.

Amie added: “When El­lis was three days old he be­came re­ally un­well due to a bowel rup­ture as his bow­els were not well con­nected. He had to have surgery in hos­pi­tal on the ward.”

El­lis was given a stoma and reg­u­larly at­tends hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments for a num­ber of health is­sues which Amie has learned to work with at home. She says El­lis is “a fighter” and adds that her older son, Lewis, eight, is quite the lit­tle helper.

Amie added: “Lewis has been a fan­tas­tic help. I hon­estly don’t think I would have been able to get by with­out him.”

Amie’s courage has now been recog­nised after she was nom­i­nated for the Costa in­spi­ra­tion mum gong at the Tommy Awards by her friend Saman­tha McBain, 29.

The award is de­signed to recog­nise “a mum who has gone through a dif­fi­cult preg­nancy jour­ney and made it through to the other side.”

Amie said: “News of the nom­i­na­tion came from Saman­tha at a ma­jor low point when El­lis was hos­pi­talised with sus­pected menin­gi­tis and other is­sues.

“I was won­der­ing if I was do­ing the right thing and the nom­i­na­tion com­pletely lifted my spir­its.”

Saman­tha said Amie cried when she heard about the nom­i­na­tion.

She added: “The rea­son I nom­i­nated Amie is that there has not been one point - from when she found out about the prob­lem with her preg­nancy un­til now - that she has not been 100 per cent sure and deter­mined that things would work out. She is an in­spi­ra­tion.”

The Tommy Awards, founded in 1995, recog­nise spe­cial fam­ily mem­bers, friends, and com­pa­nies that make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of par­ents across the UK. Amie hopes to at­tend the award cer­e­mony on March 16 at the Land­mark Ho­tel in Lon­don where the win­ners will be an­nounced.

“I am go­ing to call on the grans for help,” she said.

Mum’s the word Amie Mac­Don­ald with twins El­lis (left) and Blair

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