A mum who was told by medics she was minutes from death has welcomed a fresh chapter in her life with an amazing new arrival.
Heidi Morrison, who suffers from Crohn’s disease and has bounced back from major health problems that saw her spend two months in hospital after major surgery, is celebrating the birth of her beautiful new daughter Isla.
But all was not straightforward, as medics found Heidi had a huge blood clot in her womb in the early stages of her pregnancy which couldn’t be treated. But it dispersed without needing any medical intervention.
Isla was born at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, on Saturday weighing a healthy 6lb 9oz.
Just over three years ago, Heidi was given just an hour to live by medics before they removed a large part of her bowel after complications linked to her Crohn’s disease.
She said her pregnancy with Isla was “a bit of a nightmare” due to her condition.
She’s perfectMum Heidi Morrison
Heidi, of the Oxford Road area of Hartlepool, said: “I had a huge blood clot in the womb in the early days of my pregnancy that couldn’t be treated.
“It just had to be monitored and luckily it disappeared, thank God.
“I also had to deliver a couple of weeks early because of scarring from my previous surgery, so it was a bit of a nightmare really, but Isla is gorgeous. She’s perfect.”
Heidi, who married Steven Morrison, 30, in May last year, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was just 17 and was also struck down with cholera when she lived in Tenerife.
As doctors treated that condition, she was then told she was suffering with toxic megacolon, a potentially deadly condition that causes widening of the large intestine.
In summer 2012, she was admitted to hospital after discovering a mass in her abdomen which was the size of a golf ball, believed to be linked to her Crohn’s.
In the October of the same year Heidi spent six weeks back in North Tees hospital with a perforated bowel and internal bleeding.
She needed eight blood transfusions as doctors struggled to operate as her weight plummeted to just 5st 13lb.
Medics operated to remove her abscesses, along with part of her small intestine, part of her large intestine, appendix and part of her small and large bowel.
Afterwards, the doctors told Heidi she had been just an hour away from death.
But regular treatment at hospital every couple of months has helped to boost Heidi’s immune system and keep the Crohn’s at bay for now.
It means she can enjoy being a mum to Isla.
Heidi, who is also mum to six-year-old son Aqeel and daughter Manal, 13, added: “When I had Aqeel I was so ill it was a nightmare and when I had Manal I was ill all the time.
“The Crohn’s will come back in time, but it is so far so good.”
l Heidi is part of a newly-formed Hartlepool Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Community Support Group that has its first meeting of the year on Thursday, January 7, at Cafe One77, in York Road, at 7pm. Anyone is welcome.