Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 15°C

Search

Stanningfield: Mum’s bid to raise awareness of potentially deadly infection

18:08 24 May 2014

Ame Edmonds with her daughter Lilee

Ame Edmonds with her daughter Lilee

A west Suffolk mum, who nearly lost her baby daughter just hours after giving birth, is backing calls for routine testing for a potentially deadly infection.

Ame Edmonds’ delight at seeing her newborn daughter Lilee turned into panic as the infant’s cries became high-pitched and she turned blue.

The 22-year-old, from Stanningfield near Bury St Edmunds, recalled: “Although she is my first baby, everything within my body was telling me that something was gravely wrong with my beautiful daughter.

“I became more and more distressed but no-one was listening; I then started to scream for a doctor to see her.”

Lilee, who was born at West Suffolk Hospital in October 2010, had in fact contracted Group B Streptococcus, known as Group B Strep or GBS. From this, she also developed life-threatening meningitis and sepsis caused by the GBS bacterium, which is carried by one in four pregnant women and is passed to babies during labour and birth.

Although it is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK, the NHS does not routinely offer pregnant women testing for Group B Strep.

Had Ame been tested at between 35 and 37 weeks of pregnancy – as is routine in many developed countries – the bacterium would very likely have been detected and a simple course of antibiotics administered during labour would have minimised the risk of infection in Lilee.

Ame continued: “I had no idea that I carried GBS and the news that Lilee had contracted this devastating infection from me, and it could have been so easily prevented, filled me with guilt.

“There is nothing in this world that can help prepare you for the fear and pain of seeing your baby so ill. Her life was in the balance,”

Along with the charity, Group B Strep Support, which is dedicated to the prevention of GBS infection in newborn babies, Ame is keen to campaign for better awareness and the introduction of routine testing.

The charity’s chief executive, Jane Plumb, said: “Repeatedly, we hear from families that warning or early signs of infection in their babies were missed. Not only is a better prevention strategy needed, we also need to ensure that all relevant health professionals are fully informed about the key signs and symptoms of infection in newborn babies.”

Lilee, now aged three-and-a-half, has continued to have regular check-ups to detect underlying problems and has suffered from a low immune system, resulting in a number of infections.

1 comment

  • We didn't find out either until the birth of our first, she's was early and became distressed so was delivered by c section. At the time it was a panic but we now know how lucky it was she was delivered in this way.

    Report this comment

    mm

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Jaki Vallance is recovering at home after being knocked off her bike in Ipswich.

An Ipswich cyclist who was left with a broken back after being involved in an accident with a car is calling for improvements to be made to the town’s cycling network after the incident left her with a ‘lack of confidence in cycling again’.

The Claydon High School class of 1982 reunion, with former headteacher Geoffrey Chapman in the middle.

A reunion for former pupils of Claydon High School has been deemed a “resounding success”.

Bumper summer for Suffolk businesses feature. Bury St Edmunds.

Long hot days and a lack of rain has led to some of the region’s businesses experiencing some of their best summers on record.

One of the caravans, which has been donated to refugees living in the refugee camp in Calais

Refugees in northern France are to benefit from shelter being provided by a group of residents in east Suffolk.

Trimley St Martin

Proposals for 69 new homes on the edge of a growing Suffolk village are being recommended for approval despite strong objections.

The new Aldi in Donald Mackintosh Way, Ipswich.

Ipswich’s third Aldi supermarket is to open its doors tomorrow at Pinewood on the southern edge of the town.

Kelly Will with the sculpture she has created for her final degree show at the University of Suffolk.

Completing a degree is a proud moment for any student – but Kelly Will has more reason than most to be celebrating her achievement.

Tom Lawrence

With the end of the emergency loan windows it looks as though football clubs up and down Britain will be in for a busier-than-usual transfer deadline day.

Stephen Higgins has been sentenced for speeding. Leaving Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court.

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner says the public have been “let down” after a motorcyclist caught going 133mph on the A14 walked away from court with a £50 fine and three-month driving ban.

GB Paralympic swimmer, Ryan Crouch, is pictured at Crown Pools in Ipswich.

Britain’s Olympic success might be seen as a hard act to follow – but East Anglian Paralympic swimmer Ryan Crouch says the show has only just begun.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24