17 April 2020
Today's NICU Superhero is a familiar face. Jodie Mckenna, who works on the neonatal unit at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, has been nominated for a second time. Well done Jodie, very well deserved!
Martin Robertson got in touch to let us know about the incredible care his son Ramsay received, following his premature birth at 35 weeks gestation. Ramsay required 6 hours of life-saving surgery and spent two weeks on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before being transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Here is what Martin told us about his little soldier's journey and the NICU Superhero who helped his family through this tremendously difficult time:
"Jodie at NICU was superhuman. Our son Ramsay was born at 35 weeks and we knew at the 20 week scan that he had TGA (transposition of the great arteries) and he was born in serious distress in one of the quickest emergency sections. We received a very difficult phone call one evening to say things had taken a serious turn for the worse.
The entire weekend myself and my wife were in bits and Duncan (the consultant) and his team performed miracles. I have to single out Jodie as over the 72 hours she worked three days straight to help save Ramsay's life. Her attention to detail and ability to retain all the numbers for the various meds was nothing short of phenomenal. On the Monday after the weekend, Ramsay had his life-saving operation and he continues to get stronger day by day.
Jodie will be forever in our minds and undoubtedly be Ramsay's favourite Aunty for many, many years to come."
We are happy to report that the family are all doing well and that Ramsay in particular is doing great after such a difficult start. Martin shared some lovely photos of his, "wee superstar" so you can see for yourself just how well he is doing.
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