Baby drama mum's thank-you to medics

A mum has paid tribute to doctors who helped her baby son after he was taken ill.

Saturday, 12th March 2016, 9:00 am
The Vernalls family - dad Robert, mum Kelly with daughter Mia (4) and baby Oliver (7 months). Praise for the NHS story EMN-160803-174629009

Seven month old Oliver Vernalls had to be rushed to hospital by mum Kelly after suffering problems with his intestines last week.

Kelly (28) of Tilman Drive, Hempsted, Peterborough, had been concerned after Oliver had not been eating or drinking, but took him to Peterborough City Hospital when she discovered his nappy had been filled with blood.

He is now recovering at home with sister Mia and dad Robert.

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She said: “He had a cold for about three weeks, and I originally put it down to him feeling ill because of that.

“After a few hours we took him to the doctors, who said he had a chest infection.

“Its was later when his nappy was filled with blood.

“We went straight to A&E, and spoke to a specialist. They put fluids into him, and after we spoke to a specialist, he was transferred to Leicester Royal Infirmary.”

When he was at the Leicester hospital, he was diagnosed with intussusception, a condition which involves one part of the intestine folding into another.

Kelly said: “The doctors and nurses were fantastic. You hear so many people talking about bad stories about the NHS, but everyone was fantastic. One nurse stayed with Oliver all night.

“I just want to say a big thank you to all the staff. I know they were busy, but they made all the time they could for us. I just can’t say enough to thank them.

“I’ve never heard of intussusception before, but apparently it is quite common, especially with children aged about six months.

“It was very worrying for us. It is something I think more parents should know about.”