Mum Lily writes “On Sunday 18th February 2018, we welcomed Esther Grace into our world. A 4lb 9oz bundle of joy , born at 37 weeks exactly. She spent 3 days in hospital, and was discharged home as a perfect, healthy baby with a perfect future ahead of her.
On Saturday 3rd March , our day started as normal , and ended with a little shopping to trip to Leeds. We fed Esther at 10pm and went to sleep. Everything was normal . At 1am Esther Grace woke up crying and screaming (showing all the signs of a normal colicky baby) so we nursed her through the night , and phoned the chemist at 8am in the morning. He suggested Infacol and to monitor her for 24 hours.
By 9am Esther’s condition had deteriorated rapidly, and I phoned 111 for advice. They suggested ringing 999 but it was quicker to travel to hospital immediately. We arrived at Barnsley A&E at 9.15am, Esther Grace was immediately rushed into resus, where she spent the remainder of the day. She was then transferred to the PCCU at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Test results showed she had group B Strep meningitis and on Tuesday 6th March we had to make the decision to turn off Esther’s life support machine.
Fast forward 12 months to Wednesday 6th February 2019. We welcomed our perfect little rainbow baby into the world, Elsie Grace, born at 35+1 weighing 4lb 13oz” Read more about Baby Elsie here.”
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