Footage of baby’s breathing was first clue that she was dying from sepsis Footage of baby’s breathing was first clue that she was dying from sepsis
A mother who almost lost her daughter to sepsis has shared a video of her daughter’s breathing as a warning to other parents. Chloe... Footage of baby’s breathing was first clue that she was dying from sepsis

A mother who almost lost her daughter to sepsis has shared a video of her daughter’s breathing as a warning to other parents. Chloe Pierce was just 11 weeks old when she was taken ill and within four hours was fighting for her life in hospital.

Her mother, Katie Goulbourn, shared footage saying that if she’d known the symptoms she would have got help sooner. She sent the footage to Chloe’s dad Tom Pierce, 33, and he suggested getting medical help. Sharing the footage on Facebook she wrote: ‘This is Chloe at 3.53pm on Tuesday, January 16. By 5pm she was in resuscitation with 10+ medical professionals doing everything to keep her alive.

 

 

Mother begs every parent to watch video of her daughter to save other's lives

Mother begs every parent to watch video of her daughter to save other's lives

Watching this video brings back all the fear from that night, however if I had known the symptoms that Chloe was displaying that afternoon were life threatening, I could have acted quicker. ‘Chloe went from being ‘off her food and a bit unsettled’ to fighting for her life in under 4 hours.

‘This was an extremely difficult and personal time for our family, one we have thought long and hard about sharing. Ultimately we decided that if it makes one parent check symptoms quicker – then something good can come from sharing this.’ Katie took Chloe to her doctor who then called an ambulance. Tom was at work in Wrexham and rushed to meet Katie and the girls at Leighton Hospital. Despite it bringing back terrible memories, Katie decided to share the video in the hope it will help other families. Since sharing it last week it’s been viewed almost 1.5m times.

Mother begs every parent to watch video of her daughter to save other's lives

‘After a week in hospital with around the clock monitoring, countless tests and endless antibiotics/fluid pumped around her little body, and with the biggest thank you to 50+ NHS employees, Chloe is now home and doing well,’ said Katie, who is on maternity leave from her job as a recruitment consultant. ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce – although we should say feisty, as described by many nurses and doctors.’

Urging other parents to seek help she said: ‘I would say always trust your instincts and seek further advice if you have any doubts at all. I knew something wasn’t right but it’s thanks to Chloe’s dad for noticing the signs and telling me to call the doctor. ‘She was on oxygen in the GP surgery before the paramedics arrived. I thought we’d lost her in the ambulance. ‘You could tell how serious it was from the panic in resuscitation, they were all running around frantic desperately trying to stabilise her. ‘I’ve been back to the doctor’s since and they all recognised her name and said they had’t seen a baby that poorly in an extremely long time. ‘We can’t thank the duty doctor enough for acting so quickly that day.’

 

 

NHS symptoms for sepsis Sepsis symptoms in children under five – go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child: looks mottled, bluish or pale is very lethargic or difficult to wake feels abnormally cold to touch is breathing very fast has a rash that does not fade when you press it has a fit or convulsion If your child has any of the symptoms listed below, is getting worse or is sicker than you’d expect (even if their temperature falls), trust your instincts and seek medical advice urgently from NHS 111. Temperature temperature over 38°C in babies under three months temperature over 39°C in babies aged three to six months any high temperature in a child who cannot be encouraged to show interest in anything low temperature (below 36°C – check three times in a 10-minute period) Breathing finding it much harder to breathe than normal – looks like hard work making ‘grunting’ noises with every breath can’t say more than a few words at once (for older children who normally talk)

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Kadeem thomas

    2018-02-20 #1 Author

    Sad😢moment !! They really trying to keep him alive

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