Thanks for little Arlia

Staff nurse Samantha Davies, Debbie Bryan, Cher and Arlia and sister Denise Carr
Staff nurse Samantha Davies, Debbie Bryan, Cher and Arlia and sister Denise Carr

A HOSPITAL unit - which is used by hundreds of mums from areas including Hartlepool - has used revolutionary treatment to help a tiny baby.

Innovative new treatment is being used at the neonatal unit at the University Hospital of North Tees.

The unit, which is part of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, is now using a new form of treatment called cooling. It works by lowering the temperature of the body, and is used for babies whose brains have been deprived of oxygen during birth.

The process has been shown to lower the risk of any brain damage, and it certainly won the approval of Cher and Wayne Griffiths, from Stockton, whose daughter Arlia was born at the unit.

It was thanks to the hospital’s intervention that the family came through a worrying time.

Cher said: “Arlia arrived kicking and screaming but it quickly became clear she needed some extra care and attention. She was taken to the neonatal unit straight from the delivery room and stayed in intensive care for what proved to be the hardest four days of our lives.

“After ten days of intensive treatment on the ward we were over the moon to finally get the all clear and get her in our arms and take her home and we haven’t stopped cuddling her since.”

To show her appreciation, Cher donated more than £1,000 as thanks for the care given to Arlia.

Cher, 30, and her husband Wayne, 37, held a barbecue with family and friends all coming along.

She said: “Whilst those ten days were indescribably difficult we know how lucky we are to have had such a positive outcome.”

She described the team at the neo-natal award as “amazing” and added: “We wanted to do something to thank them, but what do you possibly give a team of people who gave you your daughter back?

“We decided to raise some money to donate back to the ward in Arlia’s name to thank them for the amazing work they do and help them to continue their amazing work in the future.”

Cooling involves laying the baby on a mattress filled with fluid which helps lower the temperature of a baby’s body from the normal 37C to 33.5C.

Ward matron Debbie Bryan said: “We would like to thank Cher and Wayne and all of their family and friends who helped raise this money for the unit. We are very grateful.

“Arlia was one of the first babies on the unit to receive cooling treatment and we are delighted to see her now looking so happy and healthy.”