A mother who says her and her new-born baby are the ‘luckiest people alive’ have thanked hospital staff who saved them.
Bryony Jones had suffered severe, potentially-fatal bleeding at her Cramlington home on January 23, when she was 36-weeks pregnant.
Her 12-year-old daughter Erin rang 999 and an ambulance took her to The Northumbria hospital where a team of midwives and doctors were waiting for her, and immediately delivered baby Parker by an emergency Caesarean.
Parker weighed 6lbs 4½oz and following the birth, Bryony needed three blood transfusions as she had lost so much blood.
After a few days in hospital, the pair are now recovering at home with dad David Bennett, sister Erin and brothers Blake, nine, Oakley, three, and one-year-old Reid.
But last week, Bryony returned to the hospital with her family to pass on her thanks.
Bryony, 29, said: “It was the scariest experience of my life. While making tea, my placenta started to come away and I started to bleed uncontrollably.
“My daughter Erin phoned for an ambulance and two paramedics came within six minutes and basically saved my life with the incredible skills they have.
“By the time I got to hospital I had lost 2.5 litres of blood and there was an amazing team of doctors and midwives waiting for me to arrive. My baby had an extremely low heart rate and I had totally shut down as the result of massive blood loss.
“I had an emergency C-section under general anaesthetic and my baby boy was born three minutes later. Me and my gorgeous baby boy are the luckiest people alive and it is all thanks to the amazing NHS and the ambulance crew.
“I cannot thank all the staff in maternity at The Northumbria hospital and ambulance crew enough, without them I would not be here.”
Bryony, a nurse, had suffered a placental abruption, a serious condition where the placenta separates from the uterus. The condition can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients, causing severe bleeding that can be dangerous for mum and baby.
Bryony said: “It was so important to me to come back into the hospital to personally thank the team.
“I was so impressed that they were all ready waiting for me and I was taken into theatre straight away which saved both mine and Parker’s lives.
“The care I received from the moment I got there to when I left was first class and the midwives who looked after me were fantastic. We’re all so grateful.”
Bryony would also like to thank everyone who has given blood after hearing about her experience.
The Northumbria Birthing Centre has a midwifery unit and co-located obstetric unit with its own dedicated theatre for situations such as Bryony experienced.
Janice McNichol, head of midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Bryony, baby Parker and their family back to the unit to meet our team - it has meant a great deal to them.
“Thankfully what Bryony experienced is relatively rare and we’re pleased to see they’re both doing really well.
“This is a great example of our expert multi-disciplinary team working closely with our partners across the NHS to ensure every woman in our care experiences the highest standards the NHS can provide and deliver the very best outcomes for mum and baby.”