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Right Arrow Press Release - Celebrations at neo-natal unit as baby reaches 100 days old - PR/12/0405
01 June 2004 at 13:55
Celebrations were in order recently at the neo-natal unit at Ormskirk and District Hospital when one of their residents reached the ripe old age of 100 days. “We weren’t sure he was going to reach 100 hours when he was born”, said Nicola Dix, mother of baby Mitchel. Mitchel Barry Dix was born on Valentines Day this year at Ormskirk Maternity Unit, 13 weeks premature. He weighed just 1lb 11oz (780 grams).

Because the neo-natal unit at Ormskirk was busy, Mitchel was taken to Hope Hospital, Manchester where he stayed for 40 days. He was then brought back to Ormskirk where he remained until he went home on Tuesday 25 May. Nicola (29) and husband Barry (32) who live in Trotwood Close, Aintree couldn’t praise the staff at both hospitals enough. “They have been absolutely wonderful, both at Ormskirk and at Hope Hospital. Mitchel has had to be in an incubator while his lungs have grown stronger, and is still going to be on oxygen for a while after he comes home, but the special oxygen team will keep a close eye on his development.”

Nicola added, “I feel quite privileged in a way, as I have seen him develop in a way most mums don’t. There have been some touch-and-go moments, but he is obviously a fighter. We are really looking forward to him coming home.”

Mitchel now weighs in at a healthy 6lb 14oz. He will be looked after by Consultant Obstetrician Dr Zbaeda, and by the home oxygen team of Karen Wearing and Jane Taylor.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714