Millie was born a healthy and happy baby girl on the 18 July 2013 at 4.30pm after a normal pregnancy weighing 6lbs.
When Millie was 3 days old the midwife, during a home visit, raised concerns that Millie ‘did not look right’; Millie had a rash similar to meningitis and she began to vomit (her vomit was coloured black). Millie was taken to Dorchester Hospital by her parents. The doctor examined Millie, but as her symptoms were so severe she was placed in an incubator and rushed to Southampton ICU baby unit by ambulance; Millie was placed on life support and examined; the doctor diagnosed Millie with having Strep B; She was then heavily sedated to make her comfortable.
Millie’s condition deteriorated the following day and the doctor that was caring for Millie suggested that her parents should have her christened. If Millie were to survive this infection, then she would be left severely disabled and to save her a life of pain her parents made the difficult decision to turn off her life support machine – a decision no parent should ever have to make.
Millie’s parents we placed in a room while the medical staff were removing Millie’s tubes and wires; they then brought her in to the room with her parents. Millie was peacefully sleeping but still breathing. Her dad picked her up and gave her the biggest kiss and hug as she started slipping away. Half an hour later Millie took one final gasp of air, she shook and turned cold. She died in her father’s arms on 23rd July 2013. Millie was 5 days old.
Jimmy would like to thank Kirsty’s mum and dad for all the help and support they gave them during this heart breaking time. Jimmy said ‘I don’t know what we would have done without them’.