Couple’s special day enhanced by kindness of Bolton neonatal staff

A couple had their wedding day made even more special thanks to the actions of neonatal staff at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

Alex and Frances Smith’s wedding took place without their son Joseph, who had been a patient on Bolton’s neonatal unit for more than 150 days and was not well enough to travel.

Following the ceremony in June the couple were called by Patricia Lindley, Senior Neonatal Nurse, and asked to visit their son that afternoon.

The newlyweds had been disappointed Joseph would be unable to make their day, which had been postponed multiple times due to Covid-19.

Patricia said: “We dressed Joseph with a wedding outfit, decorated the cot with balloons and homemade banner with their names and date of the wedding.

“We also gifted the newlyweds with a card which had Joseph’s hand prints in it and a wedding book from the whole of neonatal unit.

“Alex and Frances didn’t expect it at all. They were really emotional and extremely grateful for the surprise.”

Joseph has now been discharged and is at home with the happy couple.

The newlyweds said: “It was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions on the neonatal unit due to the balancing act that is keeping these fragile babies alive. But we met some lovely staff who, despite their immense workload, showed genuine care and compassion for Joseph and for our situation.

“We are grateful that they took the time to celebrate life events and milestones with us, which brought normality to quite an abnormal situation.”

Patricia, who has worked as a neonatal nurse since 1988 and joined Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in 2011, was helped by nurses Rebecca Wynn, Susannah Smith and ward clerk, Lindsay Sargeant.

She added: “I’m very proud of what I do. Watching babies getting stronger day by day and helping families create memories is very rewarding.

“I love seeing the progress and following their journey to going home.”

Pictured left to right: Patricia Lindley, Lindsay Sargeant, Rebecca Wynn
Pictured: Susannah Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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