Family thank hospital for their little miracle

Presentation of money to Addenbrooke's NICU. Pictured are Dr Sue Broster, Oliver (15 months), Diana and Simon Drew, Amy (9) and Emily (4).
Presentation of money to Addenbrooke's NICU. Pictured are Dr Sue Broster, Oliver (15 months), Diana and Simon Drew, Amy (9) and Emily (4).
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A FAMILY has presented more than £700 to Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital to say thank you for saving their miracle baby’s life.

Oliver Drew was rushed to Addenbrooke’s when he was just hours old and his parents were faced with the devastating news that their son might not make it.

Oliver Drew whose life was saved by Addenbrooke's NICU.

Oliver Drew whose life was saved by Addenbrooke's NICU.

Oliver, who had a normal delivery, had retained lung fluid, a common issue for Caesarean babies, but he struggled to get rid of it. Over the next few hours, his body swelled as he retained more fluid and ultimately his lungs collapsed, threatening his life.

For parents Diane and Simon – who live in Leverington with Oliver and daughters Amy (9) and Emily (4) – it was a terrifying time.

Diane said: “They blue-lighted him to Addenbrooke’s and said he might not make it there. We weren’t allowed to go with him or follow, so we just had to wait. It was awful.”

Thankfully, he survived the journey and spent the next four weeks in the NICU.

Oliver’s blood pressure was very high and he had tubes in his chest to drain the fluid from his lungs. He was on so many drugs that his kidneys started to fail.

He was put into a medically-induced coma and ventilated while his body recovered. He was then moved back to King’s Lynn where he spent a further four weeks before finally being allowed home.

Now Oliver is a thriving, lively 15-month-old who has not let his uncertain start slow him down.

The Drews are so grateful for the care Oliver received at Addenbrooke’s that they wanted to raise some money for the unit.

When Oliver and his sister Emily were christened at the Catholic church in Wisbech, they requested donations instead of gifts and raised £600.

The Clarkson Surgery, in De Havilland Road, Wisbech – where Diane works part-time – topped up the pot with a £140 donation, raised through a Christmas raffle.

• Donations can be made to the Neonatal Breath of Life Fund 9540.