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Myles’ Story

It seemed to all happen so quick. The emergency C-section and then packing Myles onto the helicopter. When I heard the helicopter coming it was so surreal that it was there to take Myles. It was really quite emotional.

Kayley, Myles’ mum

Myles’ mum and dad, Kayley and Ian, were so excited to be looking forward to welcoming a new little healthy boy to their family soon.

They were enjoying a day out at Fantasy Island, two-and-a-half hours from their home in Scunthorpe, when the unthinkable happened. Seven weeks before her due date, Kayley started bleeding.

Kayley was immediately rushed into hospital where she was diagnosed with placenta praevia, a complication that can occur in pregnancy where the placenta can block the opening of the womb and cause bleeding. As a result, Myles was born a distressing seven weeks early by emergency caesarean section.

When born, Myles weighed just 4lbs 14oz, and quickly dropped down to a tiny 4lbs 6oz. Being so premature and small, Myles had one of the roughest starts to life.

He needed phototherapy, his lungs were weak, and he had to be fed through a tube. Not only was this distressing to Myles, but also to his loving mum and dad who had to sit by and helplessly watch.

As tiny Myles battled to stabilise himself with the incredible help from the recovery team, Kayley began her slow recovery from the emergency caesarean. What didn’t help was the distress caused from being separated from her other young sons and the support of her family.

They were two-and-a-half hours away from their family by road. This was much too far away for poor little Myles to travel, even though he was on the path to recovery.

That’s when the Children’s Air Ambulance gave Myles and his family the vital uplift they needed.

Myles was flown from Lincoln to Scunthorpe in just 20 minutes, so he and his mum could recover closer to their family. By air, Myles was able to be with his family in minutes without any of the distress or time that going by road would have created.

Soon after that, at just three weeks old, Myles was finally allowed home to be with his loving family after a successful and quite miraculous recovery in Scunthorpe Hospital.

Kayley said, “I don’t know how we would have coped if the Children’s Air Ambulance had not been there to help us. I had never been away from my boys before, especially not the little one year-old. They needed their mum.”