It looks like any happy family shot of a day at the seaside, but little Finlay Thorburn has fought many battles in his short life, since arriving into the world 15 weeks early, weighing less than two pounds.
Today (17 November) is World Prematurity Day, Finlay’s mum Morna is thanking the staff at the Princess Royal Maternity in Glasgow for all the “hard work, love, attention and expertise given to him from the day he arrived”.
All NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde maternity hospitals will be marking World Prematurity Day in some way and at the PRM, nightshift staff will have purple glow sticks and the babies will all be sporting special purple bobble hats.
Mum Morna (31) said: “Without the amazing staff at the Princess Royal Maternity, Finlay wouldn’t be here.
“We spent 101 days in the hospital and brought Finlay home on his due date which was 26 July – we also moved house that day too! We knew every member of staff by name and it became our second home.
“Everyone who looked after Finlay has a special place in our hearts; there are no words.
“It wasn’t even day by day, we took things hour by hour and there were times we thought he wouldn’t make it. But they never gave up on him.
“They didn’t just look after him either; they looked after all the family. It might sound strange but I was devastated to leave.
“He’s doing well and getting stronger every day. That’s him seven months old exactly – or three and a half months, depending on how you look at it! He’s a very happy baby and we feel very lucky for the amazing care we received.
“The care continues even now we are home, due to Finlay being on oxygen and our liaison nurse has become a part of the family! The team still play a huge part in our lives, something for which we are very grateful.”
All three maternity hospitals within NHSGGC look after premature babies, with the youngest being treated at the Princess Royal and the Queen Elizabeth. Premature means a birth before 37 weeks gestation and can bring both short and long term issues for the babies concerned.
Marjorie Clark, NHSGGC’s senior charge nurse at the Princess Royal Maternity’s Neonatal Unit said: “Spending more than three months with us in our neonatal unit, Finlay and his mum and dad, and big sister became very much part of our ‘family’.
“The journey for such a preterm baby is a long path with many hurdles to endure, some small, some big. Finlay and his mum and dad had their fair share of hurdles to overcome. Families of premature babies often tell us that they can’t thank us enough.
“For us, the best thank you is seeing baby going home with their family. Finlay made incredible progress, going home on his due date fully breastfeeding.
“Our Neonatal nurse Kayleigh Cunningham has helped plan the event at the Princess Royal neonatal unit. It is so important that we recognise Word Prematurity Day in recognition of all our little premature warriors.”
Morna and her husband are organising a fundraising dinner for the Princess Royal Maternity on 26 April. If you would like more details, please email [email protected]
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