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Nikki Legg and children Jameson and Alice, with midwife Ann Going
Nikki Legg and children Jameson and Alice, with midwife Ann Going

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A mum has praised a quick-thinking

nurse at Queen Alexandra Hospital for saving her unborn baby boy after he had a life-threatening stroke while in her womb.

Nikki Legg, 29, says her strong bond with specialist diabetic midwife Ann Going at the Cosham hospital was key in saving her beloved boy Jameson.

Dental nurse Nikki, from Waterlooville, has Type 1 diabetes and spent months with Ann, who checked her blood sugar level to make sure it was safe for her to conceive.

Ann monitored Nikki’s pregnancy throughout, and because Nikki’s baby was growing at a faster rate than normal, she underwent monthly scans.

At 37 weeks, and just two days after having a scan that showed the baby was fine, Nikki couldn’t feel her unborn son move.

Horrified, she was rushed to QA for an emergency scan. While in the hospital she was spotted by Ann, who grew increasingly concerned about the baby’s lack of movement.

After a brief spate of tests, the quick-thinking midwife took the brave call to organise an emergency C-section procedure in a bid to save Nikki’s child.

Baby Jameson was born 20 minutes after arriving into theatre weighing a whopping 10lb 1oz, but was incredibly unwell and was not breathing.

‘It took six minutes for the team to resuscitate Jameson, and my heart was in my hands throughout,’ said Nikki.

Baby Jameson was taken to the neonatal unit, where he stayed for two weeks.

Tests later revealed a lack of blood flow through the placenta had led to him having a bleed on the brain, which prompted the stroke. The stroke had nothing to do with Nikki’s diabetes.

Nikki added: ‘Being able to hold my baby for the first time when he was nine days old was an incredible feeling, and I felt as though I owed Ann so much.’

She felt the care given by Ann was incredible.

‘In my eyes Ann has gone above and beyond in her role as a midwife and my family will be forever grateful to her,’ she added.

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