Pre­ma­ture baby home at last

Lennox Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Jenny Foulds

A mir­a­cle baby boy who was born four months early weigh­ing a tiny 1.9lb is fight­ing back af­ter beat­ing the odds. Brave lit­tle Noah was de­liv­ered at 26 weeks due to se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions leav­ing his par­ents, Jac­que­line Dal­rym­ple and Stu­art Crock­ett, shocked and ter­ri­fied. In the first 117 days of his life he was trans­ferred between four hospitals – in­clud­ing one nail-bit­ing air am­bu­lance flight to see spe­cial­ists in Leeds – and en­dured an op­er­a­tion. But the wee star – whose full name is Noah Wil­liam Crock­ett – fought on, much to the ad­mi­ra­tion of his proud par­ents. Af­ter fi­nally be­ing al­lowed home, the happy Dum­bar­ton fam­ily are look­ing for­ward to the new year ahead with their son.

Mum Jac­que­line, who is a teacher at Ren­ton Pri­mary along­side dad Stu­art, said: “Those first five months were a roller­coaster and the ex­pe­ri­ence has made us ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery se­cond with our boy.

“Our lit­tle Noah will al­ways be our lit­tle mir­a­cle and we couldn’t be prouder of him.”

The par­ents of a brave baby boy who was born 14 weeks early weigh­ing less than two pounds have spo­ken of their pride at the “lit­tle mir­a­cle”.

Tiny Noah Wil­liam Crock­ett en­dured four hos­pi­tal stints, eight trans­fers, two flights and one op­er­a­tion be­fore fi­nally be­ing able to go home.

The six-month-old fighter was born four months early in June, weigh­ing just 1.9lb.

He spent the first 117 days of his life in hospitals across the UK, in­clud­ing trav­el­ling by air am­bu­lance to Leeds.

But on Christ­mas Day six-month-old Noah got to spend the day sur­rounded by his ador­ing fam­ily, who are over­joyed at hav­ing their now healthy lit­tle boy home.

Mum Jac­que­line Dal­rym­ple, from Dum­bar­ton East, opened her heart to the Len­nox Her­ald this week and told how her and part­ner Stu­art Crock­ett are full of hope for the New Year.

She said: “Fi­nally af­ter 117 days in hos­pi­tal, four hospitals, eight trans­fers, two flights, one surgery and many a sleep­less night, our brave, gor­geous boy made his way home.

“Those five months were a roller­coaster and the ex­pe­ri­ence has made us ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery se­cond with our boy.

“He was spoilt rot­ten on Christ­mas Day and it was such a lovely day. We were al­ways look­ing for­ward to Christ­mas this year as I fell preg­nant in Jan­uary and it was al­ways go­ing to be our first with him.

“But it’s ex­tra-spe­cial now af­ter ev­ery­thing he has been through.

“Our lit­tle Noah will al­ways be our lit­tle mir­a­cle and we couldn’t be prouder of him.”

Jac­que­line was due to have Noah on Septem­ber 24 but com­pli­ca­tions be­gan 22 weeks into her preg­nancy, when a rou­tine mid­wife check-up re­vealed she had high blood pres­sure.

She ex­plained: “Over the next few weeks they strug­gled to bring it un­der con­trol and I was in and out of hos­pi­tal.

“I got se­vere pre-eclamp­sia so I was ad­mit­ted to the Royal Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal (RAH) at 24 weeks.

“They wanted to keep him in for as long as they could but I ended up hav­ing a c-sec­tion at 26 weeks at Wishaw gen­eral ma­ter­nity unit.”

Jac­que­line spent six weeks in hos­pi­tal with Noah be­fore he was trans­ferred to the RAH again af­ter con­tract­ing in­fec­tions.

He also un­der­went a trans­fer to the Queen Elizabeth Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow be­fore be­ing flown down to Leeds Gen­eral In­fir­mary by air am­bu­lance af­ter suf­fer­ing liver prob­lems.

“The UK’s only chil­dren’s liver spe­cial­ist is based in Leeds so we had to go down there for a pos­si­ble op­er­a­tion,” said Jac­que­line.

“For­tu­nately, a scan re­vealed he didn’t need that op­er­a­tion so he was flown back up here.”

And the com­pli­ca­tions did not stop there, with lit­tle Noah also need­ing surgery for a her­nia. He was fi­nally dis­charged from hos­pi­tal on Oc­to­ber 12.

Jac­que­line con­tin­ued: “I was in shock at the be­gin­ning. I just had to keep op­ti­mistic and tell my­self all the doc­tors and nurses would be able to make him bet­ter.

“I was Googling ev­ery­thing and get­ting so wor­ried. On top of ev­ery­thing I was also re­ally ill my­self with pre-eclamp­sia but it was all about him. I just wanted him to be okay.

“The worst part was not know­ing what was com­ing next but the staff just kept telling us to take each day as it came.

“It was an emo­tional roller­coaster. One minute we would think we would be able to take him home soon and then the next there would be some­thing else wrong with him.

“Every­body told me he should be out of hos­pi­tal on his due date of Septem­ber 24 but that’s when we found out he had to go to Leeds so that was a re­ally dif­fi­cult blow.”

Noah is Jac­que­line and Stu­art’s first child to­gether and the cou­ple, who are both teach­ers at Ren­ton Pri­mary School, were over­joyed to spend Christ­mas with him.

“We are just so happy and grate­ful to have him home”, she said.

“He is six months old now and do­ing re­ally well. He goes up to Pais­ley for blood tests ev­ery so of­ten but he is a happy wee boy and is al­ways smil­ing.

“A mas­sive thank you to all the nurses and doc­tors for ev­ery­thing they did to bring him home.”

Happy fam­ily Stu­art, Jac­que­line and Noah

Wee fighter Noah in an in­cu­ba­tor

Mum Jac­que­line has cher­ished spend­ing Christ­mas with her lit­tle boy Pre­cious

Christ­mas cu­tie Noah is all smiles

Air am­bu­lance Tiny Noah on the flight to Leeds

Lit­tle mir­a­cle Noah spent 117 days in hospitals

Tiny fighter Noah weighed just 1.9lb

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