Patient stories

Gregory Forbes

Claire Delaney was busy preparing for the birth of her child, when she went into early labour, delivering her baby boy Gregory at 27 weeks. Weighing just 2lb 9oz, Gregory spent the first four and a half months of his life in hospital, battling a series of life threatening complications. Thanks to the NHS, Gregory is now thriving and Claire is thankful every day for the care and support her little boy received.

Claire said : "Our wee boy Gregory was born suddenly on 21 January 2012 at 27 weeks, weighing 2lb 9oz. Quite bluntly, without the fantastic care from the NHS in Scotland and the Simpsons Neonatal Unit at the Edinburgh Royal and Edinburgh Sick Kids, he wouldn't be here with us today.

"He spent 4 and a half months in hospital, suffered from life threatening complications including necrotizing entercolitis, chronic lung disease and bacterial pneumonia, received numerous blood transfusions and has had five operations, and came home on oxygen in June 2012.

"He's now doing brilliantly and is a happy, healthy wee boy who is constantly on the move. You would never know to look at him that he was premature. We can't thank the NHS and all the fantastic staff who work for it enough for saving Gregory's life and feel so lucky every day."