Seeing your baby fighting for his life is every parent’s worst nightmare, and one a family from Colsterworth are thankful has come to an end.
Nick and Nicola Butler were devastated when they found out during the 20-week scan that baby Isaac had a heart condition and foetal hydrops, where there is an excess of fluid in the foetal compartments.
His condition was so severe that he was born at 31 weeks by emergency C-section in The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge.
Nicola, 31, said: “We were terrified - I think you always immediately think the worst when you are told your baby will have to be delivered early. On Boxing Day 2012 our little boy Isaac was born.”
Isaac spent two weeks in intensive care at The Rosie Hospital receiving life-saving treatment. Nick and Nicola, who have two other children aged five and 13, felt isolated so far from home and were relieved when they were offered help by The Sick Children’s Trust, which provided the family with free accommodation at the Chestnut House at the hospital so they could stay close to the new addition to the family.
Nicola said: “We were both really worried and stressed with the whole situation, everything seemed to be happening really fast and we were so far away from our home in Lincolnshire and our family. This was when we met Alan, the house manager of Chestnut House. He whisked us away to the house and we cannot begin to explain the relief that swept over us. The house was great as it gave us a private space to get away from the busyness of the ward and gather our thoughts.”
Isaac has now been given the all-clear and is “home where he belongs” in Brunel Avenue. The Butler family is so thankful to the charity that they are helping to raise its profile.
Nicola said: “Without their help I really don’t know what we would have done or how we would have coped with the situation.”