I had had a really healthy pregnancy and my waters broke 2 days before my due date. The labour progressed well but rapidly and we didn’t have a chance to get to the hospital so Forrest was born at home. When he arrived he wasn’t breathing, was completely unresponsive and a horrible blue colour. Our midwife tried to resuscitate him and he was immediately ambulanced to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where, after, what seemed like an everlasting 30 minutes, staff managed to resuscitate him, but scans showed that he had abnormal brain activity.
We were told the devastating news that if Forrest survived, he was likely to suffer from permanent brain damage.
The medical team then offered to treat Forrest with the ‘cooling technique’ which is where a baby is cooled from normal body temperature of 37°C to 33.5°C over a three day period. The technique is thought to slow down the body and allow cells to repair more easily.
We hadn’t heard of cooling before, but were just thankful that something could be done to try and help our little boy.
It was a really difficult time and we felt completely helpless, staying by his cot, unable to even touch him. All we could do was will him to come through it and be alright. After 72 hours, I was allowed to hold Forrest for the first time and an MRI scan a month later showed that the cooling had been successful.
We were amazed at how positively Forrest responded and we cannot thank the unit enough for saving his life. They are a phenomenal team and without their expert care and attention, he wouldn’t be here. We are so incredibly grateful and owe them everything.
Forrest is now a happy, healthy 6 year old. Regular check ups have found no signs of any problems. He started school last September and is enjoying life to the full with absolutely no sign of his difficult start.