The mother of a baby who beat coronavirus after previously surviving open heart surgery says she will ‘always be grateful’ to NHS staff who saved her daughter’s life.
Six-month-old Erin Bates was left fighting for her life in a high dependency unit at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in Liverpool, after she was diagnosed with the virus, having already overcome problems with her heart and windpipe.
Erin, who was born weighing just 5lbs 4oz, required major surgery and will remain a long-term patient due to her other medical issues, but has made a full recovery from the virus, with mum Emma, hailing her child as a ‘real fighter’.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain from the hospital, Emma was surprised by nurse Jane Guy and ward manager Laura Knight, who she said had gone ‘above and beyond’ to save Erin’s life.
Six-month-old Erin Bates (pictured) was beft fighting for her life in a high dependency unit at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in Liverpool. She appeared on Good Morning Britain with mother Emma after fully recovering from coronavirus
Erin, who was born weighing just 5lbs 4oz, required major surgery and will remain a long-term patient due to her other medical issues. Pictured, Emma and Wayne with Erin before her coronavirus diagnosis
‘She’s fantastic, she’s doing really well’, said Emma. ‘We were frightened and obviously it was the unknown.
‘We didn’t know if she was going to be okay, but she did really well, she fought on. She’s done so well.’
After hosts Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid announced that the staff would also be appearing, Emma said: ‘I just want to say, we cannot thank you enough.
‘You’ve been incredible, you’ve gone above and beyond. We will always be grateful.’
The mother, who spent 14-days isolating with her baby daughter says she will ‘always be grateful’ to NHS staff who saved daughter’s life
Emma was surprised nurse Jane Guy (left) and ward manager Laura Knight (right) , who she told went ‘above and beyond’ to save Erin’s life
Nurse Jane added: ‘Erin did most of the hard, work she’s a real fighter and she’s amazing.
‘It was heightened concern and it still is, but Erin battled. She’s a real fighter, it’s just amazing, and Emma too, Emma has been amazing.’
The new mother went on to insist she was ‘so thankful’ to have been able to spend 14-days isolating with her baby, helping look after her.
‘I was isolated with her,’ said Emma. ‘When we got the news I spent the full 14 days with her, which I was so thankful of, to help look after her. But all the staff were really supportive when we went into isolation.’
The new mother went on to insist to host Piers Morgan (pictured) she was ‘so thankful’ to have been able to spend 14-days isolating with her baby helping look after her
Erin was applauded by nurses as her cot was wheeled out of Alder Hey’s high dependency unit yesterday FRI. She is pictured chatting with host Susannah Ried
Erin was applauded by nurses as her cot was wheeled out of Alder Hey’s high dependency unit last week.
Her mother went on: ‘She certainly a fighter, she battled open heart surgery and then had respiratory problems as well, but she just battled on. I can’t believe how well she’s done.’
Emma’s husband Wayne was able to visit his wife, but still cannot see Erin because it is hospital policy for only one family member to be able to visit a patient while the coronavirus outbreak continues.
‘He’s had to isolate at home, said Emma, ‘He wasn’t able to see our angel. We FaceTime him every day to make sure he had contact.’