Elif's story

Written by Elif's mum, Gemma

Elif was rushed to St Mary's PICU from our local hospital Basildon in November 2014 at 4 months old.  She was born at 26 weeks gestation so during the winter contracted bronchiolitis.

When we arrived at the unit the doctors were unsure if Elif would make it as her condition was so bad, it was the worse experience of our life to be told that our little baby daughter who had fought so hard for her life already may not make it through the night.

Thanks to the dedication of the wonderful doctors and nurses they done everything they could to save my daughters life and thankfully after 2 weeks Elif was well enough to go back to our local hospital.

During this time all the staff on this remarkable unit made us as parents, her little 5 year old brother and all of our family feel very included in Elifs care and explained everything to us. They made what was the most horrendous time in our life easier to manage with compassion and care. Along with the COSMIC charity who helped us be close to our daughter by giving us accommodation, food and travel expenses.

We will never be able to thank both the unit and charity enough for Elif being a happy and very mischievous 1 year old.

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