Family thank Glasgow hospital staff after baby girl's life-saving open heart surgery

Baby Mila was born with a serious heart condition
-Credit: (Image: Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity)

A family have thanked staff at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Children after their baby girl's brave journey.

Mila's parents faced a difficult pregnancy after finding out their baby had a serious heart condition. At birth, Mila was taken straight to NICU and at just 8 days old, she went through life-saving open heart surgery, carried out by Professor Danton.

During their time in hospital, the Abercrombie family didn't know if baby Mila would make it, however with the hospital's wide range of support, their 10-week journey was made that little bit easier.

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The family were fond of VCreate, which is a secure video messaging service, funded by Glasgow Children's Hospital charity that allows families with babies in intensive care to stay connected.

Mila had open heart surgery at just eight days old
Mila had open heart surgery at just eight days old -Credit:Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity

Speaking of VCreate, mum Chelsea said: “We found VCreate amazing as we stayed in Ronald McDonald House and were often called during the night to come back over. VCreate let us know she was safe and cosy and tucked in at night, as we weren’t allowed to stay in intensive care.

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"We also had Inky Feet done as there were times they didn’t know if she was going to make it and needed memories."

After ten weeks and multiple challenges, brave little Mila was finally able to go home and spend time with her big brother, Caiden, while remaining under the care of the hospital team.

Chelsea added: "The play team were amazing, they tried their hardest with mirrors, etc to help Mila see something different, as being ventilated and paralysed, meant she couldn’t move and was growing every day!"

“The kindness of the staff and the sheer volume of amazing care Mila received, inspired me to fundraise. Seeing first-hand what the charity does brought me to tears of joy."

The Abercrombie family have since raised thousands for Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. "We had a party with a DJ, local singer Pat Canavan, and a raffle. We raised a massive £3,300 with the help of local people and our friends and family!”

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