My little boy, Thomas Timothy Trotter, my third child was born with the cord wrapped round his neck so tightly that he was not breathing and unresponsive and had to be resuscitated. This has caused him to suffer from neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (neonatal HIE or NHIE), which is defined by signs and symptoms of abnormal neurological function in the first few days of life in an infant born at term. In this condition there is difficulty initiating and maintaining respirations, a subnormal level of consciousness, and associated depression of tone, reflexes, and possibly seizures. Encephalopathy is a nonspecific response of the brain to injury which may occur via multiple methods, but is commonly caused by birth asphyxia, leading to cerebral hypoxia.
He subsequently suffered from :
Multiple seizures, kidney failure, liver failure, lung failure , had to be ventilated for two weeks, had 3 subsequent resuscitations due to his body stopping breathing, was on 8 different medications and had to be tube fed nutrients
Thanks to the amazing staff at our local NHS NICU maternity unit, he survived. It is a miracle, and I thank the universe everyday for keeping him with me. But there are so many children who don't get a miracle, and so many mothers who don't get a second chance. Help me raise money for our amazing NHS Maternity Services so that more children like Tommy get to come home one day.