Eastbourne families celebrate after children start school

THREE families have celebrated an important milestone after their children, all of whom faced serious medical problems after preterm birth, started school.

Arthur Bradbury’s parents Tiger-Lily Sykes and Dulcie-Lou Beckley, all from Eastbourne, proudly waved their four-year-olds into reception class earlier this month.

All three children spent several weeks in hospital early in their lives and their parents benefited from staying at the Ronald McDonald House Brighton which enabled them to stay close to the youngsters during their hospital stay.

After two “threatening miscarriages” at 26 weeks pregnant, Dulcie-Lou’s mother Katie Powell, a personal trainer, was diagnosed with preeclampsia.

The Argus: Dulcie-Lou when she was bornDulcie-Lou when she was born

Dulcie-Lou arrived two weeks later, 12 weeks early and weighing just 805g.

During her five and a half week stay at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Ms Powell stayed just moments from Dulcie-Lou at the Ronald McDonald House Brighton.

The Argus: Dulcie-Lou and Brother Brinley on Dulcie's first day of schoolDulcie-Lou and brother Brinley on Dulcie’s first day of school

“I couldn’t believe how amazing the place was. It had a nice, warm vibe and everyone was so friendly,” said the mother-of-two.

“Not only has the home allowed me to stay close to my little baby, but it has also allowed me to connect with other moms, including Emma, ​​who has become a lifelong friend.

“Emma and I are now celebrating the start of school for our amazing premature babies – a day we feared we would never see.”

Emma Bradbury, owner and chief therapist at Rebel Rebel Fitness and Treatments, gave birth to Arthur on April 1, 2018, almost 12 weeks premature.

Weighing just 2 pounds, Arthur stayed on TMBU for six weeks.

Arthur is in the same class as another student who also spent the first few months of her life in the hospital.

The Argus: Arthur Bradbury ready for his first day of schoolArthur Bradbury ready for his first day of school

“This is a big moment,” Ms Bradbury said.

“He’s so excited and looks so grown up in his uniform.

“A strange coincidence is that there is a little girl in Arthur’s class, Tiger-Lily, whose family lived at Ronald McDonald House around the same time as us.

“It’s so nice to see our little ones thriving after such challenging starts in life. You’ve come this far.”

A few weeks after her birth, Tiger-Lily was diagnosed with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS), a rare condition that affects the autonomic nervous system that controls breathing.

She was fitted with a tracheostomy when she was six weeks old and spent the first months of her life in the hospital.

The Argus: Tiger-Lily is looking forward to starting schoolTiger-Lily is looking forward to starting school

Mum Vicky Sykes said: “Staying at the Ronald McDonald House Brighton meant I could stay with Tiger-Lily every day. When we first entered the house we felt so much warmth and friendliness; The staff made us feel like part of the family.”

Tiger-Lily was transferred to Evelina London Children’s Hospital, where Ms Sykes was given nearby accommodation at the Ronald McDonald House Evelina London.

The Argus: Baby Tiger-Lily with Mama VickyBaby Tiger-Lily with Mama Vicky

She said: “Our home is 82 miles from Evelina London Children’s Hospital so it would have been impossible to visit on a daily basis. It was such a blessing to be able to stay close by.

“I know she will do well in school because she was so good at everything else. There’s nothing she doesn’t do; I take her horseback riding, to festivals and she loves to play with friends. It’s nice that Arthur is in the same class as they both had similar difficult starts in life.

“Look at her now.”

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