Fundraiser for NHS life­savers

Rossendale Free Press - - Time-trip -


ASCHOOL has raised money for a hospi­tal unit which helped save the life of their teacher’s baby son.

Mike Sa­mulewski, a teacher at Hasling­den High School, and his wife Sarah un­der­went IVF treat­ment, pro­duc­ing one vi­able egg.

How­ever, at 20 weeks ges­ta­tion, their son Fred­die was di­ag­nosed with Par­voVirus B19 - also known as slap cheek - which can be fa­tal in preg­nancy. They were hor­ri­fied when a scan showed a large build up of fluid around their son’s heart.

Mr Sa­mulewski said they were orig­i­nally told that it was un­likely to be treat­able.

He ex­plained: “It looked like it was a ge­netic is­sue with the foe­tus and to con­sider a ter­mi­na­tion.

“Thank­fully blood tests came back show­ing that Fred­die had con­tracted the virus, which meant there was hope.”

A ter­mi­na­tion was the last thing they could con­sider. The Sa­mulewskis, who live in Tim­per­ley, Manch­ester were re­ferred to the Fe­tal Medicine Unit (FMU) at St Mary’s Hospi­tal, Manch­ester, for scans and check-ups.

Fred­die needed a blood trans­fu­sion while still in the womb, but were told that car­ried the risk of mis­car­riage or could have caused his death.

Doc­tors ended up giv­ing their son three in­trauter­ine trans­fu­sions but while his con­di­tion im­proved, Sarah then got ill with ‘Mir­ror Syn­drome’ - ev­ery­thing wrong with Fred­die had been trans­ferred to her and her or­gans were fail­ing.

Mr Sa­mulewski said Sarah was kept in hospi­tal for six weeks to sta­bil­is­ing her con­di­tion.

He said: “Sarah had to have bed rest, and I am grate­ful to Hasling­den High School head­teacher Mark Jack­son for giv­ing me the time off.

“We were in and out of hospi­tal three times a week and had more than 60 scans of Fred­die. Doc­tors named him Fred­die the fighter be­fore he was even born be­cause very few ba­bies would sur­vive what he has been through and the name has stuck.

“He is our mir­a­cle baby. We owe the FMU team ev­ery­thing, with­out them there is no doubt that Fred­die wouldn’t be here with us now. We will be for­ever grate­ful.”

Fred­die was born on Au­gust 22 weigh­ing 6lb 4oz and has just been chris­tened.

Hasling­den High School stu­dents took part in a Class 2 Grass run­ning chal­lenge this week to raise money for the unit. To do­nate visit www.just­giv­­ing/Fred­diesS­tory. ●● Mike and Sarah Sa­mulewski with their mir­a­cle baby Fred­die ES­CORTED HOL­I­DAY

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