'Best present ever' as Garden City boy comes home

Published date: 03 January 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A MOTHER has told of her horror when she thought her five-week-old son was going to die after he was rushed into hospital with a collapsed lung.

Nicola Joyce, of Sandy Lane, Garden City, said she thought she was going to lose baby Luke after he was struck down with RSV virus (bronchiolitis), pneumonia and a collapsed lung.

Mrs Joyce, 25 – who has two other children Kieran, seven, and Connor, six – described Luke’s eight-day stay on Wrexham Maelor’s high dependency unit as being “horrendous”.

But after a miraculous recovery baby Luke was home for Christmas – which Mrs Joyce described as “the best present ever”.

Speaking of her time in the Wrexham unit, Mrs Joyce said her heart was in her mouth when she was told Luke, who was four weeks premature, would be airlifted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

“I thought I was going to lose him to be honest,” said Mrs Joyce. “He was breathing so soft and his oxygen levels were low. He is so tiny. It was horrendous how poorly he was.”

Luke’s treatment was completed in the Maelor.

“He had to have a drip put in his head because they couldn’t find a vein – that was horrendous,” added Mrs Joyce. “But the staff were so calming.”

Mrs Joyce said it was difficult being at the hospital while also caring for her two other children, adding she and husband Christopher, 30, alternated being at home and being at the hospital with little Luke.

She praised her mother Barbara Whittle, 50, who was “a massive help”.

Just a week before Christmas Luke was allowed to return to his family home. Mrs Joyce said  the family is now looking forward to a year “of better health” for 2014.

She hailed staff at Wrexham Maelor children’s ward and aims to raise money in aid of the ward.

“The staff who cared for Luke were fantastic and went above and beyond to ease me and my family at this frightening time – while also nursing our son back to health,” she said.

“As a way of thanking them, I’m organising a charity night at the Groves in Shotton to raise funds for new desperately needed equipment to stimulate babies and small children during their ill health.”

The charity night will be at The Groves Community Sports and Social Club on February 22 from 7pm.

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