05 July 2019
It’s Friday so it’s time to reveal another nomination for our NICU Superhero award! Today’s nomination comes from Orlando’s mum, Robyn Greer. Orlando was born 8 weeks premature, and just 3 days later, required bowel surgery. This little fighter fought hard and was eventually discharged after 98 days ... Orlando is now home with his family, "making memories."
Orlando spent 73 of those days being cared for at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, and Robyn has a lot of love for the team there as you will see, but who did Robyn choose to nominate as her NICU Superhero? Cheryl Blackie, here’s what Robyn had to say about her and the care she gave Orlando:
"We met lots of special nurses during our very hard journey at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but I’d like to nominate Cheryl Blackie. I asked a lot of questions and Cheryl was always more than happy to answer them and she would often just automatically chat me through everything so I didn’t need to ask.
I was forever taking pictures of Orlando and at times it was hard to look at them when he was so poorly, and Cheryl took the nicest pictures for us when Orlando had started to turn a corner and we sooo appreciate them. She is really easy to chat to and you need that, something to distract you and make the hard times a little easier."
Well done Cheryl! Robyn also asked us to give a special shout out to some others members of your NICU team:
Karen Taylor: "For just being Karen and helping me to be as involved as possible."
Margaret Brownell: "For not only looking after Orlando but also us, his parents."
Lynne: "For helping us give Orlando his first ever bed bath, something most parents take for granted but it really did make our day. The feeling of taking care of Orlando and being a little closer to him gave us a boost of strength."
"These nurses made our hard days that little bit easier and helped us with a lot of firsts. Thanks to the NICU staff, our family has a future and we are having the best time making memories. The nurses at the Queen Elizabeth are extra special because as a parent I could feel they all cared for Orlando, he wasn’t just a patient and it wasn’t just a job. They are incredible, I’m always telling everyone how amazing they are but I wish I could do more. They deserve to be very very appreciated, real life heroes."
Thank you Robyn for sharing your experience of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital NICU.
Would you like to nominate your NICU Superhero?
Has your baby been cared for in a neonatal unit? Do you know someone that you feel deserves a special thank you? To nominate a member of the neonatal team as your NICU Superhero, drop us an email, or send us a direct message via our Facebook or Twitter pages. All those nominated will receive a special NICU Superhero rosette and certificate!