On Thursday's Drivetime I was joined by Tanya Szabo, a mother who's gone through a tough period with her son Niko but has come out the other side, as she explains below. It was fantastic to see how well Niko is now and fascinating to hear from Amanda, the Occupational Therapist from Singleton Hospital's Neonatal Unit as to the work that they do.
Listen to the interview here
Here's Niko's story as told by mum Tanya
My son was born last October and experienced Oxygen loss at birth. He was rushed to the intensive care unit and predicted not to survive or have severe brain damage. Thanks to an innovative cooling blanket that was used on him, and the incredible care he received he was discharged from the hospital 16 days later, and is now a thriving 6 month old.
As parents we were introduced to a new world in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We had predicted that I would walk into hospital to have my baby and I would leave several days later. Instead we were taken on an emotional roller coaster where we almost walked out of the hospital empty handed. We witnessed other parents who went through this process, and saw that not all babies came out with their parents as we did.
The cooling machine which Niko used costs £20,000 new and £5,000 to renovate. The NICU staff working in the unit are above phenomenal. Yet there is more need to support units like this. We would like to fundraise for specialist equipment and to raise awareness for the Neonatal Unit, to help more babies have a miracle story like Niko’s. Gabby (Daddy) Szabo is running the Newport Marathon on May 5th to raise awareness of HIE and the fantastic work done on the unit. He is pounding the pavements whilst juggling a busy family and work life schedule! The distance is 26.2 miles, and there is also a 10KM event and a family mile.
There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t enjoy our precious miracle. We will be forever grateful for the life which has been returned to us"
You can donate to Gabby's efforts here;