We owe NHS for saving Ava
A desperate couple waited anxiously in the neo-natal unit in Wishaw hospital as their newborn daughter battled for her life.
Scott and Laura Cowan suffered many parents’ worst nightmare when baby Ava was rushed into the intensive care unit just after being born.
And while she underwent a serious of tests, including a lumbar puncture, the pair felt helpless as NHS staff fought to save her.
“I developed Group B Strep whilst in labour which passed on to Ava who had pneumonia when she was born,” mum Laura explained.
“She was grunting a lot and it wasn’t even an hour before she was taken around to the neo-natal unit because her breathing wasn’t normal. We went to see her in the incubator and it was one of the scariest experiences of my life.
“The unit was full of babies, some that were smaller than the size of the palm of your hand.
“There was so many machines beeping and Ava had wires all over her body. It was absolutely so scary.”
One of the worst moments for the Carluke couple was when staff advised them not to watch when Ava underwent her lumbar puncture, leaving them feeling helpless.
Laura said: “We were told it was not a nice experience watching the lumbar puncture, but it was heartbreaking not being able to look after her.
“We were sat in a corridor and there was nothing we could do to help her. We just had to put our trust in strangers to save her life.
“The unit was absolutely brilliant though. They kept us up to date constantly, even with some silly wee details, that just gave us total confidence in them.”
After a week in hospital on antibiotics, Ava was finally well enough to return to the family’s home in Carluke.
Now aged four, Ava has blossomed and recently started school at Highmill Primary.
To show their gratitude to the dedicated Wishaw NHS staff, Scott and Laura have organised a charity event at Carluke Rovers Social Club on Friday November 16.
It will involve a bumper raffle, a DJ and some interesting video entertainment involving Scott and his friend Andrew Paterson.
Laura said: “Ava is such a character now. She’s always singing and absolutely loves school. She means everything to us.
“We’re organising this fundraising event to give something back, to say thank you and to help any other parents who have to go through this.
“Scott and Andy are getting hooked up to a TENS machine which will simulate labour pain, which we’re filming beforehand and screening on the night. I’m sure there’ll be a few laughs at that point.
“Two guys are also getting waxed and one of the raffle prizes is a signed Steven Gerrard canvas.”
Tickets are available through messaging Laura Cowan on Facebook. Anyone wishing to donate can do so at https://www.justgiving. com/fundraising/laura-cowan4
Happy times Laura and Scott Cowan with the light of their lives, Ava
Nightmare start Baby Ava Cowan needed emergency help