Jack Toomey certainly didn’t have the easiest start to his life – born after a very distressing four day labour for Mum Jaimie, doctors discovered that Jack’s brain had been starved of oxygen during birth. Because of this Jack was suffering from a type of brain damage known as HIE, or Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, which is caused by a reduction in the supply of oxygen to the brain and the other major organs, as well as a low blood flow to the vital organs.
Jack received special ‘cooling’ treatment, over an hour away from the family home in Essex, at The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge, in order to reduce the possibility of further brain damage. Jack’s parents, Jaimie and Mark, stayed in Chestnut House while Jack was in intensive care. For Jaimie, being able to stay so close to Jack and having the House Manager there for support, was indescribably helpful.
The family’s current situation is looking really good and it’s amazing to see how much little Jack has grown already!