Ayrton21 Jun 2018, 8:33 p.m.
Ayrton weighed just 2lbs 8oz when he was born 11 weeks early.
Neil and Jess stayed at Cots for Tots House when their son Ayrton, born prematurely with Necrotizing Enterocolitis, needed life-saving bowel surgery.
“Ayrton weighed just 2lbs 8oz when he was born 11 weeks early at RUH Bath. We thought he had been getting stronger but five weeks later, our lives came crashing down again when he was suddenly rushed to St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol: his bowel was dying, he needed critical surgery, he only had a 1 in 5 chance of survival and we needed to give our consent over the phone. We packed a bag and raced to Bristol as fast as we could.
“The next 48 hours were critical. The result could go either way and there hadn’t even been time to give him a good luck kiss. Words cannot describe how hard it is for a mother to have a child in NICU – you feel like you have let your child down before they have even had a chance to live their life.
“We were lucky enough to be given a room at Cots for Tots House whilst Ayrton was in NICU, and it was such a relief not to have to travel from Bath and back every day just to be by his side. The House Manager Anne gave us the most amazing support, and she and Cots for Tots became our home and extended family for the next four weeks.
“Thankfully Ayrton pulled through his surgery and slowly got stronger and stronger, and our miracle baby finally came home after 13 weeks in hospital – just four days after his due date! We owe our son’s life to all the doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly to save his life, and we still keep in touch with Anne, the house manager and the team at Cots for Tots. We don’t know what we would have done without all the help and support we received.”