Amy and Ben Gamble

Amy and Ben Gamble

When Bethany Rose Gamble made her dramatic entrance into the world on 17th April 2013 at Royal Stoke University Hospital it quickly became clear that she was seriously ill. Bethany was diagnosed with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE), a condition in which a baby’s supply of oxygen is interrupted during birth. Until recently there was no specific treatment for HIE other than intensive care support. However, medical trials have found that cooling a baby by a few degrees for 72 hours can limit the extent of brain injury associated with HIE and improve the long-term outcome for children. It was fortunate for Bethany that she was born at UHNM as the NICU has the specialised cooling mattress required to treat HIE.

The treatment that not only Bethany, but also we her parents, received was fantastic. We were able to stay on the unit and visit Bethany throughout the day and night. The staff were outstanding and not only provided amazing care for Bethany but showed compassion and reassurance to us throughout our time in NICU.
Bethany’s prognosis is good and the paediatricians are really pleased with her progress. She has a moderate to severe hearing loss but apart from that she is developing well and is hitting all of the milestones that are expected for a baby of her age. Without the cooling treatment she received at Royal Stoke her prognosis might well be very different and she might not even be with us today.
UHNM charity bought the cooling mattress used by Bethany in 2012 at a cost of £14,000. Bethany’s parents, their family and friends have now raised almost £20,000, a truly amazing amount, which will enable the hospital to purchase a second mattress.