Kirsty and Calum’s gorgeous boy Cooper arrived in September 2019 and completed their family. It quickly became apparent that he had respiratory issues. He spent some time in Neo-natal where they learned he had Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn, which led to a collapsed lung.
After getting him home for only 6 nights, Cooper was readmitted to Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary. After various procedures, he was transferred to Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children. Cooper underwent surgery at just 15 days old.
A microlaryngoscopy and bronchoscopy (MLB) identified he had Laryngomalacia (a floppy larynx) and during this surgery. A supraglottoplasty was carried out to rectify the issue with his larynx. However, Cooper was still unfortunately experiencing breathing difficulties. A scan identified Tracheomalacia (a floppy trachea) and a small Atrial Septal Defect (hole in his heart).
“We were devastated by this discovery, but felt reassured that Cooper should grow out of these conditions in the next few years” Kirsty told us.
All of the parents and carers staying at the House have medical terminology to quickly get their heads around. As staff, we often hear families chatting away about these various conditions. It’s good to see the support families get from each other in the process.
Cooper spent 14 nights altogether in hospital in Glasgow: 80 miles from the family home in Dumfries. During Cooper’s stay in hospital, they were given a room at Ronald McDonald House Glasgow at no charge.
The family wanted to show their appreciation for the ‘home from home’ service they benefited from. Without which they would have had to spend a fortune on hotels. This would have added more stress at an already incredibly distressing time. Having a room in the House meant that big brother Jude could have a sleepover and spend time with his mummy and daddy away from the hospital. The family have done lots to raise funds for the House.
Thankfully they have their precious baby home and are getting used to his oxygen therapy. The family feel this is a very small price to pay for having him back where he belongs. Cooper is thriving and the family are genuinely overwhelmed by people’s love, support, kindness and empathy.
Kirsty says “We will be eternally grateful for all services and staff’s part in Cooper’s journey and have decided to fundraise for Ronald McDonald House Glasgow as they rely entirely on donations”.
As a former McDonald’s employee, Kirsty goes on to tell people “the Glasgow House is endorsed but not funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Glasgow House does NOT receive support via the McDonald’s collection boxes (as is commonly misunderstood). The House helps over 550 families each year with one family staying there for over 3 years. We can’t even begin to imagine what this must be like.” Calum adds, “thank you for taking the time to read Cooper’s story and thank you in advance for anything you can donate”.
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