Robbie Naisbett is bouncing back to health after undergoing surgery just hours after his birth.
The Wearside tot’s parents, Andrea and David, were stunned when a 20-week scan revealed their son was suffering from gastroschisis, a condition where parts of the intestines are on the outside.
Robbie was born at the RVI, in Newcastle, by Caesarian section and within hours was in surgery. Now, the youngster is a happy, healthy four-month-old.
Andrea, of Allendale Crescent, Penshaw, said she wants to raise awareness of the condition, which occurs in about one in 2,500 births, and let other parents know there is a good chance their child will be fine.
She and David, 37, also parents to Brooke, 12, Jamie, seven, Molly, four and Sarah, one, were stunned when medical staff discovered there was a problem with Robbie.
Andrea said: “With having the other children, I thought this pregnancy would be a doddle.
“We went along for the 20-week scan just thinking we would find out if it was a boy or girl and the staff were taking ages, then they told us what was wrong.
“It was terrible. I had never known of it and I think I cried every day of the pregnancy.”
Following Robbie’s operation to put his small intestines, bowel and stomach back inside his body, the baby was in intensive care for five days and was four-weeks-old when he was allowed home.
His mum said: “He is fighting fit now, to look at him you would never think there had ever been anything wrong, It’s amazing. Robbie is really lucky because it doesn’t look like there will be any long term effects.”
The tot’s parents got a lot of support from Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation, where they were in touch with other mums and dads in similar situations.
Andrea also wanted to say a “massive thanks” to ward 9 and ward 12 at Newcastle RVI, where Robbie was looked after.
The Wearside family is also doing its bit to help, as Andrea’s sister Steph McQueen, 25, will be doing a bungee jump from Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge on Sunday, August 19, in a bid to raise £1,000 for the RVI’s Noenatal Gastric Unit of the RVI.
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