Parents who feared premature baby would not survive praise ‘superb’ hospital staff

Ryan and Gemma Piper with baby Isla at Pinderfields
Ryan and Gemma Piper with baby Isla at Pinderfields
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FIRST time parents who were terrified their premature baby daughter would not survive have praised hospital staff for the “superb” care they received.

Gemma Piper, 34, was taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield by ambulance after her waters broke eight weeks early.

Ryan and Gemma Piper with their baby Isla at Pinderfields Hospital with neo natal staff, Gemma Brain, staff nurse, Julia Thomas, sister, Julie Tams, nursery nurse, Dr Kallinata Shyamanur, consultant, Lesley Matthews, transision care manager....

Ryan and Gemma Piper with their baby Isla at Pinderfields Hospital with neo natal staff, Gemma Brain, staff nurse, Julia Thomas, sister, Julie Tams, nursery nurse, Dr Kallinata Shyamanur, consultant, Lesley Matthews, transision care manager....

Doctors discovered the baby was breach and they performed an emergency c-section.

Baby Isla was born just after 2.30pm on Saturday October 14 weighing just 3lb 13oz.

Isla was placed in an incubator in the neonatal support unit at Pinderfields for nine days.

Now she is growing stronger and is sleeping in a cot next to her mother in transitional care unit at Pinderfields.

Mrs Piper, of Batley, said: “I was petrified. I was thinking I was going to lose her – I didn’t think she would make it because it was just too early.”

She added: “All the staff at Pinderfields have just been absolutely fantastic and they just don’t get enough praise for the work they do.

“Everything you hear about the NHS is negative and I just wanted to speak up about our positive experience.”

Dad Ryan Piper, 32, said: “The neonatal staff are just superb, phenomenal. The care they have given us is second to none.”

David Melia, director of nursing and Quality, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pinderfields Hospital, said: “At the trust we strive to provide a great patient experience and it is great when the people who use our service feedback that we have.”

Mr Melia added: “I‘d like to thank Gemma for taking the time to highlight the great work the team are doing for her and her baby.”

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