Born on the 9th October 2015, Amélie was full term, but her legs were measuring quite far behind. I had Group B strep, antibiotics were given during labour but sadly Amélie was a rare case and still contracted sepsis. She was born swollen (3lbs of extra weight), floppy and not breathing – we didn’t get to meet our precious girl for around 45 minutes.
“I had Group B strep, antibiotics were given during labour but sadly Amélie was a rare case and still contracted sepsis.”
Amélie continued to breathe too fast all day, wasn’t responsive when trying to be woken, wouldn’t feed, didn’t cry and her oxygen levels were different from her hands to her feet so was rushed up to special care that evening.
Amélie received IV antibiotics, had blood tests, lumbar puncture, chest X-rays and oxygen into her incubator. Within the first day of antibiotics the swelling started to go and she already lost 8oz. She was glucose fed due to milk putting to much pressure on her lungs and when strong enough she was able to be NG fed.
Amélie pulled her cannula out pm which meant being transferred into a different incubator where she then started to breathe properly on her own shocking our family and the Drs/nurses looking after her. Amélie left NICU to stay with her mummy and daddy after 5 days!
She is still very small, had a few allergies and sometimes requires an inhaler occasionally but other than they perfectly healthy, she started walking at 10.5 months and is a ball of energy. At 1 years old she is only 16lb, but being small is fun too!
Amélie is now the UK’s youngest sepsis survivor and is a real inspiration. We are so proud.
Story submitted by Alaska-Lily Morrison