Frankie was born in March 2022. Prior to his birth he had been diagnosed with gastroschisis which meant he would be born with his bowels on the outside of his stomach and surgery to fix this would be needed within hours of birth.
Gastroschisis is a rare condition which affects only 1 in 3,000 babies. These operations can only be done in a specialised children’s hospital with full paediatric surgery facilities such as Alder Hey, so Frankie and his family had to leave their local hospital and make the trip to an unfamiliar environment.
Frankie’s mum Jessica was also separated from Frankie during his first night at Alder Hey while she was waiting to be discharged from Arrowe Park Hospital. This meant that she was unable to see her newborn baby until the next day, apart from five minutes before the transport team had to move him to Alder Hey.
At midnight that evening Jessica received the phone call to confirm that all had gone well with the one hour-long operation, and that Frankie was recovering in the Neonatal Unit on the cardiac ward at Alder Hey.
Frankie’s mum Jessica said:
Speaking on her experience following Frankie’s birth, she said
Frankie is now doing very well, and meeting all his milestones, with no need for recurring appointments at Alder Hey. He spent his first Christmas surrounded by family and Jess gave us this update:
Update Summer 2023
Frankie’s mum and dad, Jess and Sam, are looking forward to travelling overseas for a summer holiday with Frankie – he has really enjoyed the recent sunny weather and loves playing and splashing around in water! He has even grown very fond of his new shades, looking at himself in the mirror and on mum’s phone!
The family has featured in several campaigns supporting the Neonatal Appeal including in B&M Stores where selected Proctor and Gamble products sold by the retailer help towards our Appeal.
The new Surgical Neonatal Unit at Alder Hey is a joint project between Alder Hey and Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.