Welcome Euan - Born 4th Aug 04
Euan William Rattray was born at 6.42am (UK time) on 4th Aug. 04.
Around 6lbs. Blue eyes, brown hair and probably the Holway nose!
|4th Aug 04 - I'm told these were taken within minutes of the birth on Neil's camera phone.|
|4th Aug 04 - A few hours later|
Aug 04 - One day old. Unfortunately it was soon discovered that something
was wrong. He wouldn't feed. So they put him in the special baby unit.
But, my word, what a handsome guy!
|Very proud Dad!|
|In the special care unit|
|Then it was discovered that poor Euan had both a Oesophageal Atresia and Tracheo Oesophageal Fistula. Basically there was a gap in his foodpipe which therefore didn't flow into his stomach. Also his windpipe was abnormally connected to his oesophagus. It apparently happens in 1 in 3000 babies. So a 2 hour operation was required.|
|7th Aug 04 - Pre op|
|8th Aug - Post op. He needs help with his breathing as he's picked up a lung infection. Probably due to food entering his lungs early on. He also has jaundice - hence the covering on his eyes apparently.|
|Spencer, the Teddy we sent, is looking on and taking care of the dear little chap.|
Progress! Yesterday they reduced the morphine so that Euan was a bit less knocked out. Then they removed his ventilator and he's now breathing all on his own. This morning he was fed proper food for the first time. Down a tube this time. But hopefully he'll be able to take it the way mother nature intended before too long.
|See. I told you Spencer the Teddy would look after him. I think Euan's Dad has had a bit to do with that too though!||Ahhh. Tiny toes!|
|Louise gets a cuddle AT LAST!||What a battler. I'm really proud of him...and Louise and Neil too of course!|