Transplant patient Poppy Blue thought she would never be able to have a baby of her own, but then she was blessed with a little miracle.
Baby Rory kept consultants at The James Cook University Hospital on their toes during what was described as a “pretty unique” and “high risk” pregnancy.
Teams from obstetrics, urology and renal services worked together to keep a close eye on Poppy during every week of her pregnancy and were delighted when her baby boy was safely delivered eight weeks early by caesarean section.
Poppy, 27, has had serious bladder problems all her life which left her needing to use a stoma bag and requiring a kidney transplant.
In 2007 she was given an ileal conduit – a system of urinary drainage created by a surgeon using part of her small intestine. Then in 2008 she underwent a transplant operation when her dad offered to be a living donor and gave her one of his kidneys.
“They had never had a pregnant patient who had an ileal conduit and had undergone a transplant before,” said Poppy of Stockton. “They never even thought I could fall pregnant. It was just so overwhelming when we did the test and discovered I was expecting a baby.”
But everyone knew there was a long way to go as it was such a high risk pregnancy. Poppy had to be monitored at James Cook twice a week and underwent regular scans to make sure everything was okay.
Consultant Obstetrician Deepika Meneni said: “It was such a high risk pregnancy. It was touch and go at about 20 weeks. We had to keep a very close eye on her. It would not have been possible without the input of all the specialist teams.”
Rory came safely into the world at 32 weeks, weighing just 3lbs 9oz. Dad Scott said it felt like a miracle: “He’s our miracle, 100%! He’s fantastic! We are just looking forward to being a family and enjoying every minute.”
Poppy added: “It’s amazing. We always wanted a baby but thought we might have to go down another route such as adoption. We never thought we could have one of our own. The care we have received at James Cook has been non-stop. The staff are all amazing.”
Renal Consultant Dr Steve Kardasz added: “This is a pretty unique occurrence. It required a big team effort from the obstetric team, urologists and renal teams at James Cook. It’s great to see mum and baby doing so well!”