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Euan's one of many babies helped by Tiny Life

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 23/04/2015

Nichola McSherry and Michael Walker with son Euan who was born prematurely
Nichola McSherry and Michael Walker with son Euan who was born prematurely

Nichola McSherry (25) and Michael Walker (26) found out just 10 days before their son Euan was born prematurely that he had complex medical needs.

Nichola, a nanny, and Michael, a physiotherapist, turned to Tiny Life for help in dealing with giving their only child the best start in life.

"Euan was born at 34 weeks in the Royal Victoria Hospital and spent three weeks there in the Intensive Care Unit before being able to transfer to a special care baby unit in the Ulster Hospital for a further three weeks," said Nichola.

Euan, who was born on January 19, 2014, underwent major bowel surgery at one day old for a condition called 'duodenal artresia' which is very rare.

The one-year-old also has a heart condition, which may need surgery, and Down's syndrome.

"All of this was a big shock to us as we only found out 10 days before his early unexpected birth," his Saintfield mum added.

"Euan still spends a lot of time in the Ulster Hospital with numerous amount of infections and health issues. This can be very challenging but we have been very lucky with the support from family friends and Tiny Life who have been fantastic from the start.

"They were able to source the only teats that Euan would drink from and provide them for us.

"The volunteer service is second to none and we are very grateful for what Tiny Life does for us."

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