Tilly's Story

Tilly Fraser spent her first Christmas fighting for life in Yorkhill Hospital's intensive care unit. Born 11 weeks premature with an array of serious health problems, parents Mandy and David were told that Tilly’s chances of survival were extremely low.

For Mandy, the news was devastating. She learned early in the pregnancy that she was expecting twins, but only one survived. Scans showed that the baby, a boy, may have had an enlarged kidney.

28 weeks into the pregnancy, doctors at the Southern General told her that the baby had a large amount of swelling and fluid retention on the abdomen and under the skin. Doctors were concerned that it would not survive, so admitted Mandy for a c-section.

On December 9, 2010, she gave birth to a girl, not a boy. Instead of ‘Monty’ the family welcomed ‘Tilly’. When Tilly made her first appearance, she was silent. Medics worked tirelessly for 45 minutes before telling Mandy and David that their newborn had been stabilised.

Then, the new family went were transferred to Yorkhill so Tilly could receive the specialist care she needed.
Tilly was facing a tough battle. She had abnormal genital and bowel tracts which was causing swelling in her kidneys. One thumb was missing and she also had problems with her spine, gut and bladder.
Her oesophagus wasn’t working properly and she had heart issues, with her main artery crushed against her windpipe.

She underwent a nine-hour procedure to drain her kidneys – the first of many vital operations. In the end, Tilly spent 214 days at Yorkhill Hospital, with 196 of those in neonatal intensive care.

Now 5 years on, Tilly still receives care at the new Royal Hospital for Children and although there have been some setbacks, little Tilly is a fighter. 


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