Parents make film to show daughter's recovery at Southmead Hospital

Monday, 23 June 2014

Parents of a baby who became seriously ill within hours of her birth have made a video showing the recovery she has made.

Alyssa was transferred to Southmead Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after becoming seriously ill with Group B streptococcal meningitis and septicaemia.

She turned one last month and is developing well despite concerns she may have been left with brain damage as a result of the meningitis.

Alyssa’s parents Rachel and Aaron wanted to document the progress her daughter has made.

They decided to make a film about her daughter’s experience to show other families how well she has done despite being so unwell in the first days after her birth while raising awareness of group strep B.

“When Alyssa was 24 hours old we were told she was very sick and was going to be transferred to Bristol because there was nothing more that could be done for her in the hospital she was in and we feared the worst,” they said.

“What we saw at Southmead was absolutely amazing – we were struck by the level of care she received.

“We wanted to make this film to educate other people about strep B and to show them how good everyone was at Southmead.

“We have never been able to thank the doctors and nurses properly for what they did and we wanted to show them what they did for her.

“We have got our little girl back and one year on she is a beautiful, happy girl with an infectious little laugh.”

From the NICU at Southmead Alyssa was taken to Frenchay for treatment for scarring on her legs, a result of the septicaemia.

But just under a month after she was born Alyssa was able to go home for the first time.

Alyssa’s parents said they hope their daughter’s experience will serve as a positive example to others.

To view the video visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9c8GLrPOnU