Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Nairn parents’ thank you to charity who kept their tiny baby alive

Layla Jade in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness last night with mum, Zoe Sweeney and dad James Henderson
Layla Jade in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness last night with mum, Zoe Sweeney and dad James Henderson

A Nairn couple have begun a fundraising exercise to thank a charity that helped them through a recent nightmare of watching their tiny baby fighting for her life.

Four-month-old Layla Jade is mending well at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness having survived gastroschisis, an abdominal wall birth defect.

Her parents, Zoe Sweeney, 23, and James Henderson, 26, of Washingwells Cottage near Nairn, are planning events to raise money for Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow which provided them with free accommodation after their new born daughter was whisked away from the maternity unit at Glasow Southern General Hospital to a specialist facility at the city’s Yorkhill Hospital.

Her bowels were placed in a special bag – called a silo – suspended above her, with gravity slowly helping them back to where they were meant to be.

At just six days old, she had an operation in which the last few inches of bowel were gently inserted into her stomach.

Layla Jade only had her first cuddles once the wound had healed.

After 13 days in a neo-natal intensive care unit, she was transferred to a general surgical ward where a consultant reckoned she “broke records” with the speed of her progress.

She was able to take a little more milk each day and was soon upgraded from a syringe to a bottle.

At a month old, Layla Jade was discharged from Yorkhill and allowed home.

But, just two months later, she took ill and was diagnosed with pneumonia and acute bacterial endocarditis – an infection on the tricuspid valve in her heart requiring further specialist treatment, this time involving paediatric cardiologists at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.

Layla Jade in Raigmore Hospital
Layla Jade in Raigmore Hospital

After numerous heart scans and blood tests, the doctors declared her stable enough to venture north again and she is currently recovering at Raigmore Hospital. It is hoped she will finally be allowed to go home on September 12.

Ms Sweeney said: “We’ve coped pretty well. I know it sounds really cheesy, but we couldn’t have done it without each other. It will be magical to get her home.”

Mr Henderson said: “It’s not been easy, but we’ve got through it. It’ll be wonderful to have her home. We’ll celebrate with a family day out at the beach because we’ve all been cooped up for too long.”

During Layla Jade’s spells in Glasgow her parents stayed at the nearby Ronald McDonald House, which caters for relatives of critically ill youngsters.

The couple’ have set themselves a £1,000 target and are planning a fun day at the Royal British Legion Club in Nairn for October 17.

The appeal is available to view online by clicking here.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]