Hayley & David’s Story (Harrison’s mum & dad)

I knew Harrison was going to be born early and poorly after my 8 week blood results came back, I am rhesus negative but also carried the Anti D anti bodies, this meant weekly bloods and Doppler scans to make sure my antibodies were not attacking my boy. We managed to get to 28 weeks and my levels became very high indicating Harrison had become dangerously anaemic. He had his first blood transfusion when I was 29 weeks pregnant still in utero. They said that should hold him for 3 weeks then they would decide on inducing me early or giving him another transfusion.

On the Monday, my family and I went to Wales for a holiday.  By the Wednesday Harrison had stopped moving so we went to hospital in Wales to get checked. They wanted to deliver him there but my gut said no. I came home the next morning and went straight to Oldham.   On Thursday 14 May, my boy was delivered via emergency section, 2 months early.    I was mortified, this was at 5pm and by 10pm, I still hadn’t met my boy. The doctor told us to expect the worse and that our boy probably wouldn’t make the night. They had started his blood transfusion and we had to just wait and see. At 9am the next morning I finally got to meet my prince and he was still going strong, trying his best to stay alive. He had been through so much I just wanted to pick him up but I couldn’t. He was on the Billi bed and there were so many lights, he had tubes coming out of everywhere and a machine to help him breath. He had many problems including a bleed on his brain, a hole in his head and so much more. After 12 long days, I finally got to hold my boy. It was such a special moment I was told Harrison was getting stronger but we still had a way to go. We were in NICU for 9 weeks and 5 days, the staff was amazing they did everything for Harrison.

Harrison is now two years old and is very cheeky, he lights up every day with his beautiful smile, he has a cerebral palsy and a few other problems but nothing we can’t handle. I love him to bits