We owe NHS for sav­ing Ava

Wishaw Press - - CHARITY NIGHT - Ben Ra­m­age

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

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