Finley29 May 2019, 4:15 p.m.
Katie's sister works at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s.
Despite having such a personal connection with the Unit, she never thought she would experience their life-changing work first-hand. That is until she gave birth to her beautiful boy Finley.
Finley was born last year at the Royal United Hospital in Bath but things didn’t go to plan. After a complicated labour, he was rushed to Bristol for cooling therapy. This treatment reduced Finley’s temperature over three days to decrease his chance of brain damage.
Unable to hold Finley throughout this difficult time, a miniboo was used to comfort him as well as help the bond between mum and son. Katie also received regular video and photo updates of her baby boy thanks to a video messaging service called V-create, which meant the world to her when she had to leave Finley’s side. It’s thanks to our fundraising family that Katie and Finley had access to these vital tools.
Katie now has a happy, healthy and clever little one-year-old boy on her hands and will be forever grateful to the amazing NICU team who were there for during one of the most testing times in her life.