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Baby George with Ipswich Hospital staff and his family
Thanks for saving baby George
27 October 2016

Baby George  being held, and in an incubator being watched by sister Chloe.A Suffolk couple today thanked the Ipswich Hospital doctors and nurses who helped save the life of their baby son.

Clare Stephenson and her husband Mark had already endured one miscarriage when Clare began bleeding in her pregnancy.

But despite Clare being diagnosed with a rare condition – vasa praevia along with a low lying placenta –the family now has a happy, healthy son, George.

Clare said: “I can’t thank the doctors and nurses enough. George is my little miracle. I just had to be calm and to trust everyone. “We are so grateful to everyone at Ipswich Hospital who cared for George and I and helped make this a success story. We were really well looked after.”

Clare and Mark, from Kesgrave, also have a daughter Chloe, 4. The family, including six month old George, visited the hospital this month to thanks Clare’s obstetrician Djavid Alleemudder, George’s paediatrician Chris Yale, the neonatal unit nurses and hospital midwives.

Clare started bleeding when she was just six weeks pregnant and it continued on and off until 29 weeks when George was delivered almost three months prematurely in April this year. He weighed just 3lb and 8oz and as he had lost a lot of blood, Clare and Mark were unable to cuddle him until he was four days old.

George was cared for in the hospital’s Neonatal Unit for six weeks. Clare said: “George went from strength to strength and we were finally allowed home. It was great to get home but very surreal as Ipswich Hospital has become our second home since my very first bleed. Today he is absolutely fine with no long term problems.”

Read Clare’s full story at http://lifeabundant-blog.com/2016/08/29/vasa-previa-success-clare-stephenson/

What is vasa praevia?
NHS: A rare condition where the baby’s blood vessels run through the membranes covering the cervix. Normally, the blood vessels would be protected within the umbilical cord and the placenta. When your waters break, these vessels may be torn and cause vaginal bleeding. The baby can lose a life-threatening amount of blood. It is very difficult to diagnose but it may occasionally be identified before birth by an ultrasound scan.