Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Children Meet Their Lifesaving Medics

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Children Meet Their Lifesaving Medics

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DANIEL Jeeves was just a few hours old when he was rushed to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital for life-saving surgery.

His terrified parents could only watch as their first-born son was taken into theatre for an operation that ultimately saved him.

It was July 2009 and Daniel was the first baby to be admitted to the brand new intensive care unit, which provides specialist treatment for sick infants. He was transferred from Burnley General Hospital for emergency treatment a matter of hours after the new unit was opened.

Ten years on, Daniel is a thriving and happy young boy and has returned to the unit to meet the 'heroes' who saved his life. These include consultant Dr Anthony Emmerson, who still works on the unit.

Daniel's story is just one example of the vital treatment the hospital has provided to thousands of babies.

Since it opened, the unit has treated 10,634 babies and has been nationally recognised for its awardwinning neonatal bereavement service.

To celebrate the landmark birthday, the first patients treated at the intensive care unit were invited to return to meet the doctors, nurses and surgeons who saved their lives.

Speaking to the M.E.N., Daniel's parents, Helen and Robert Jeeves, say they owe the team at 'heartfelt thank you' for their support all those years ago.

"As Daniel's parents we are grateful for everything," Mr Jeeves added.

"I think Daniel recognised that his treatment was lifesaving and this team really are his heroes.

"It was the time our family needed to call on the NHS and it was absolutely there to give us the best possible support at the time we needed it." Daniel, who lives in Rossendale, is now studying at Bury Grammar School in year five and has a passion for maths and drama.

When asked what he thought about returning to the ward that saved his life, he said: "Wow. It's crazy to hear from my parents how much it has changed since I was here. …

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