Family’s gratitude to paramedic for quick response

Corby baby saved by paramedic: Michelle Walkley & David Laing, with their daughter nine weeks old,  Alliza-Lily, '18/01/12
Corby baby saved by paramedic: Michelle Walkley & David Laing, with their daughter nine weeks old, Alliza-Lily, '18/01/12

A Corby couple will today meet the paramedic who saved their baby daughter’s life to say a huge thank you in person.

Michelle Walkley and fiance David Laing say words cannot express how grateful they are to Ian Pratt from East Midlands Ambulance Service for saving little Alliza-Lily Laing, who has since been diagnosed with a condition which affects just one in 40,000 children.

Alliza-Lily was just six-days-old on November 22 last year when her parents noticed she wasn’t taking her feed, was blue in the face and her breathing was shallow.

They called 999 and Mr Pratt attended within four minutes.

He swiftly administered a blood sugar test and found excess levels of insulin, which he treated.

Alliza-Lily’s condition then stabilised and she was treated at Kettering General Hospital’s special care baby unit, and later Great Ormond Street Hospital.

She was later diagnosed with Congenital Hyperinsulinism, which causes the body to produce excessive levels of insulin and can cause brain damage if not treated quickly enough.

Miss Walkley, 37, and Mr Laing, 31, of Medina Road, will meet Mr Pratt today to thank him for his care.

Miss Walkley said: “What David and I have learnt at Great Ormond Street is how important it was for the paramedic to do the blood sugar test when he did.

“Ian has been brilliant. David and I are just so grateful and so thankful.

“You see children that are brain damaged and you count your blessings she is not. It all comes down to Ian doing the blood sugar test. We are forever grateful to him.

“Kettering General Hospital had seen the condition in a handful of cases too so we are very fortunate.

“Words cannot express how grateful we are to Ian and all the medical staff who helped us and continue to do so.”

Community paramedic Mr Pratt said: “Michelle and David explained what had happened and it was clear that Alliza-Lily was not well. This was all the more apparent when I took a blood sugar test which involved pricking her heel with a needle.

“Understandably this usually makes the baby cry but she didn’t and this was another indicator that she was seriously unwell. “The result of the blood sugar test showed that she had an excessive amount of insulin in her body so I knew that I needed to give her a dose of Glucagon to help regulate it.

“I had never given it to a baby this young before so I referred to my clinical handbook to check the amount that could be given safely.”

Alliza-Lily is back at home now and has daily medication to help manage her condition along with having her blood sugars monitored at every feed.

She has to be fed at four-hour intervals and is on four different types of medication.

The family say they are not sure what the long-term prognosis is, but they are taking it one day at a time.