Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'd Love to Thank Nurses Who Helped to Save My Claire

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'd Love to Thank Nurses Who Helped to Save My Claire

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Byline: Lyndsay Oxley Reporter

A MUM who was one of the last to give birth at Middlesbrough Maternity Hospital says she owes her daughter's life to the nurses there.

Michelle Allport gave birth to her younger daughter Claire, now 26, on April 2, 1988.

Claire was delivered into the world the same year the hospital closed and services moved to what is now James Cook University Hospital.

Michelle began bleeding when she was five months pregnant. Following a hospital admission and bed rest, she continued with her pregnancy for another month, when she went into labour.

Claire was born 12 weeks premature, weighing a mere two pounds and 15 ounces.

Michelle, also mum to Kayleigh, now 28, who was born at the same hospital 10 days late, said: "It was 10 days before by 21st birthday. Doctors told me that there was only a 50% chance that the baby was going to survive.

"After 12 and a half hours of labour, I heard her cry and I knew she was alive."

Claire was immediately rushed to the special care baby unit and was put on a ventilator.

When Claire was just 17 days old, Michelle, husband Eddie, now 53, and Kayleigh, who was just 18 months old at the time, were hit with another blow. Claire was rushed to Newcastle's Freeman Hospital for open heart surgery. This came after a duct in her heart would not close. Doctors could not keep Claire off a ventilator for long as she was struggling to breathe on her own, which meant the strain on her heart was too much.

Following a difficult four weeks at Newcastle, Claire returned to Middlesbrough where she remained in the special care baby unit until July 21.

Michelle, now 47, said: "Everyone was saying how poorly she was and for us not to build our hopes up but I just knew. It is a mother's instinct I think.

"The staff at the hospital were amazing. …

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