Twins in hospital

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This is the second time this year I have photographed Gemma Nuttall from Bolton, and her beautiful twin daughters. This time was for a story about parents that use the Ronald McDonald House in the grounds of Manchester Children’s Hospital. The above picture wasn’t used by the MEN but I love the mothers laugh, and how the twin in her arms (Sophia born healthy) is looking at her sister.

Read the story by MEN reporter Jennifer Williams:

Hospital helps mum celebrate Christmas with daughter undergoing lifesaving surgery

Gemma Nuttall spent the festive break at Ronald McDonald House, in the grounds of Royal Manchester Children’s hospital – after her baby was rushed in for her fifth operation in as many months.

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Gemma Nuttall spent Christmas at the Ronald McDonald house when Sophia was in hospitalGemma Nuttall spent Christmas at the Ronald McDonald house when Sophia was in hospital
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A new mum spent Christmas in a ‘home from home’ hospital which helped her celebrate the festivities despite her baby daughter needing her fifth lifesaving operation.

Gemma Nuttall spent the festive break at Ronald McDonald House, in the grounds of Royal Manchester Children’s hospital – after her baby was rushed in for her fifth operation in as many months.

Since tiny Sophia was born prematurely in July, Gemma has spent every day at her bedside.

But the hostel – set up as a ‘home from home’ for parents of poorly children – has been on hand throughout.

And as Sophia recovers from an emergency tracheotomy, Gemma was guest at the hostel over the festive season too.

She was one of several families able to cook their own Christmas dinner in the home’s kitchen facilities – while knowing they were just a stone’s throw from their little ones.

“All my family are coming up on Christmas Day and I’ll have Christmas dinner with my mum,” she said.

“We are so thankful for Ronald McDonald. They even gave all the families turkeys.”

While her twin Sienna was born healthy, plucky Sophia had no diaphragm and just one lung – meaning that after only three days she was given the last rites.

Gemma Nuttall spent Christmas at the Ronald McDonald house when Sophia was in hospital
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Yet she kept fighting throughout a heart and lung bypass and as her replacement diaphragm was repeatedly fixed by surgeons.

But last Monday Gemma was left reeling when Sophia was suddenly unable to breathe – and in need of an artificial windpipe.

Gemma, 30, a caseworker for Serco said: “I can’t crumble because because I’ve still got a little girl to look after.

“Ronald McDonald were so supportive – they always ask how she is, and have chats with me about how things are and how I’m coping.

“They are just a massive help in everything they do for us.”

Gemma now hopes to return to her home in Bolton at the end of January – this time for good.

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald house
Manager Mike Fairley said families need a safe haven more than ever at Christmas.

“Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and volunteers, we have decorations, a beautiful tree and plenty of other festive touches that we hope will bring a bit of seasonal cheer to the families that are staying with us,” he added.

About Manchester Evening news reporter Jennifer Williams:
Jennifer is the MEN’s local government and trade union reporter. She has a wide network of contacts in Greater Manchester’s political circles and has broken a string of exclusives.

Contact or follow MEN reporter Jennifer Williams on twitter @JenWilliamsMEN

 

 

 

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