Glenfield Hospital Ecmo doctors in 140-mile dash to save dying baby
A team of doctors from the specialist mobile Ecmo - extra corporeal membrane oxygenation - unit at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital raced 140 miles to save a the life of a dying baby in Lancashire.
The doctors, who run the only mobile service in the country, were able to hook newly born Alina Ahmed up to the special machine which took over the work of her heart and lungs which were failing to pump oxygenated blood around her body.
Once she was stable they took her by ambulance to hospital in Newcastle where there is a specialist Ecmo centre.
The little girl, who was born on January 15, spent nine days there before being transferred back to Burnley General Hospital where she spent the next six weeks.
She has now recovered well enough to go home for the first time.
Her mother Naseem Ahmed said: “I am just so grateful to the doctors.
“If it wasn’t for them I don’t think I would have my daughter today.”