Seven year old Lydia was born with a very complex case of Gastroschisis, a condition where the intestines extend outside of the abdomen through a hole next to the belly button. After the emergency operation, Lydia struggled for some time because her bowels didn’t work very well, and a few months later she had to have another operation.
Three-quarters of her intestines had to be removed, leaving Lydia with the bare minimum needed to absorb the food she needed to grow and develop normally. Lydia needed intravenous feeds with a drip solution called Total Parental Nutrition (TNP). She was not able to be fed by mouth to start with – all her food was going straight into her blood stream and nothing into her stomach. It took quite a while for her to be able eat and drink the way a baby usually does.
Lydia had many operations, blood transfusions and procedures. She had a feeding tube fitted directly into her stomach and eventually the TPN could be stopped. She was in hospital continuously for 9 months; 4 of these on the neonatal ward.
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Lydia is featured in this year’s Alder Hey and JOHNSON’S® fundraising partnership. In 2021 JOHNSON’S® pledged to support Alder Hey’s Surgical Neonatal Appeal, donating £83,733, which will fund one of the Family Integrated Care Rooms in the new Surgical Neonatal unit so parents and babies can stay together in a private and comfortable setting to bond as a family whilst still accessing expert care from clinicians. This year, JOHNSON’S® is continuing its partnership with Alder Hey, committing to fund an additional Family Integrated Care Room on the ward, with the ambition to raise as much as possible to support Alder Hey in our shared mission to help keep families together in neonatal care.
The new Surgical Neonatal Unit at Alder Hey is a joint project between Alder Hey and Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.