Consultant Paediatrician Su Laurent guides the Baby Channel around the Barnet Hospital Children’s Ward and introduces us to some of the patients and their ailments: premature baby
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Estelle Matthews: Now there is a very exciting story here on the Starlight Neonatal Unit. We're going to meet parents Nimesh and Arti Patel. Their little baby daughter was born just 26 weeks old. She is doing really well. Let's going to meet the family. Hello Nimesh. This is Prina. Nimesh Patel: Yes, she is. Estelle Matthews: Now there is a great story to this. You have waited 12 years to have her. Tell us your story. Nimesh Patel: Well, we've waited for 12 years and after various attempts naturally nothing works, so we went to see one of the consultants on a private basis and we went, Arti went on as usual and it didn't work. So eventually we were go to the UCH clinic where we have the IVF done. And this took place some time in December and we know it was conceived on the 6th of February. Estelle Matthews: But it hasn't doing gone smoothly. Has it Arti, do tell us some. What happened why she premature you think? Arti Patel: And well to begin with the IVF treatment I had hyper stimulation of the ovaries at very early stages. That was when about six weeks into after having the embryo transferred. Since then I hadn't been to work. I was really on bed rest and weekly checkups at Barnet, in fact. Prina was one of the -- it was basically a twin pregnancy but had 14 weeks. The waters of the first twin actually broke. Therefore my visits actually increased to two times a week. And then blood testing things done on the weekly basis just to see that I did have any infections or not. And then at 26 weeks my cord actually prolapse with the first twin, therefore Prina had to be born basically. Estelle Matthews: So she is a real a miracle baby, isn't she? Arti Patel: She is actually is. Estelle Matthews: At one stage even have to have her life saved by one of the consultants here. Nimesh Patel: Yes, one time. Estelle Matthews: Tell me about your – here. Nimesh Patel: Well it happened. This is Mr. Tim Wickham and so he was there as well. She is the other consultant and Prina, she was born on 11th of August on Thursday and she did well for the week. We going up to Monday and she had a real downfall where she had what they call a preliminary bleedings or lungs and everything went down. And we were here. Arti was in the maternity ward and I was running up and down. And this was about 5 O'clock in the evening and Tim and so we were working on him and finally Tim comes on to tell me, well, we just give her another half an hour and if she makes it, she makes it or not, I mean it's difficult. So you can imagine how much we were really in a down. After such a long time, you know Prina born and then she has to go down. We were very anxious that she gets well. And finally she pull through and from that you can now see where she is. She is now coming up to her two months in the neonatal unit and she is doing very well. Estelle Matthews: The prognosis is good too. Nimesh Patel: Oh yes. Arti Patel: Yes, yes, she is been pretty well. Nimesh Patel: All the doctors, the nurses and everyone have been looking after her very well. Estelle Matthews: Okay. Nimesh Patel: And we were very happy with them. Estelle Matthews: Well I think we should go and meet the consultant, that was actually in charge of helping save your little girl's life. Arti Patel: That's right. Estelle Matthews: Thank you. Nimesh Patel: Thank you. Estelle Matthews: Tim you had a lot of involvement with the Patel family. When did you first meet them? Dr. Tim Wickham: I met Mr. and Mrs. Patel when they were about 24 weeks of gestation and I was honest to see them because there were concerns about one of the twins. Mrs. Patel was pregnant with twins. Because one of the twins is very small and the waters is broken around that twin. There’s a lot of concerns about how that twin is going to do and whether the twin was survived and the potential effects on the other twin. So I was asked to talk about what they may expect to try and prepare them for the delivery and the problems that we might experi
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