My grandson was born 13 weeks premature. He seemed to be in good health. He weighed 1lb 10oz or 750 grams.
He was off the ventilator after 24 hours. He was progressing well until he had a blood transfusion and had to be rushed to another hospital for emergency surgery. He lost 5 cm of his bowel.
He made a good recovery and he was doing really well..Eating plenty of breastmilk.
Then he was started on formula milk as well as the breast milk. I was horrified.
I have found out that women who give birth to early babies actually produce milk with more protein and fat.
He was on the milk for about a week and then it was decided to give him another transfusion.
15 hours later he was dead. After the transfusion his bowel started to die. A team from Southampton came to try and stabilise him so they could operate. My son said he could see his bowel dying just by watching his tummy. In a couple of hours his tummy was black.
I have read a lot about blood transfusions in early babies.
Apparently stored blood cells stick together and become stiff. NEC is caused by lack of blood supply to the bowel.
The blood cells clog his tiny capillaries and then the bowel dies because of lack of oxygen.
Babies blood cells are not smaller than adult cells.
Does anyone think that the transfusion killed my grandson. Or perhaps the combination of the blood and the cow's milk?
I am devastated. I wish he never had the blood .Apparently early babies can cope without transfusions.
He was given somebody elses DNA. He died needlessly. I would appreciate anybodies opinions.