Mum and baby nearly died after contracting deadly sepsis during labour
A mum and her baby came close to death after they contracted sepsis during a traumatic labour.
Sophie Goudie, 21, and her son Ledwan contracted the deadly infection when the unborn child became distressed in the womb.
Medics were forced to deliver him via emergency C-section.
Sophie was terrified that she would lose her son when it became clear how ill he was.
She said: “It was very scary. It was terrifying thinking something could go wrong and we would lose him.”
The Ayr woman was admitted to Ayrshire Maternity Unit at Crosshouse Hospital on October 20 after her midwife became concerned that her baby had not been moving.
When scans showed the baby was in distress, medics decided to keep Sophie on the ward to monitor them both.
When the situation got worse and tests showed Sophie’s baby was in severe distress on October 22, the decision was made to deliver him by emergency C-section that day.
As Sophie lay on the operating table with partner Barham at her side she feared her baby might not make it.
She said: “The doctors were saying he didn’t want to come out so they were having trouble delivering him.”
The couple’s relief when Ledwan was delivered was shortlived.
Doctors discovered he had contracted deadly sepsis and he was immediately rushed to ICU to be put on an antibiotic drip.
Further tests revealed Sophie was also battling sepsis.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions Barham was not allowed to stay with his young family and instead was only allowed to see them for half an hour each day.
Sophie said: “That was so hard because I wasn’t well and worried about Ledwan but we were alone together in a room and Barham couldn’t stay with us.”
After five days Sophie and Ledwan managed to pull through.
They were both allowed home with Barham and, now, 11 weeks on, the battling tot has made a full recovery.
Sophie said: ‘He’s fine now, and is a happy wee boy, but that was a scary start.”
Professor Hazel Borland, Nurse Director for NHS Ayrshire and Arran, said: “We are glad to hear Sophie and Ledwan have recovered fully, and wish them both well.
“Due to patient confidentiality, we are unable to provide any details on the care and treatment provided to Sophie and Ledwan.”