Sheffield hospital saves miracle baby’s life with operation in the womb

Faith Hope Dawson, had to have a procedure done while still in the womb to drain fluid from her lungs. Picture: Marie Caley
Faith Hope Dawson, had to have a procedure done while still in the womb to drain fluid from her lungs. Picture: Marie Caley
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A grateful couple are on a fundraising mission to collect money for the Sheffield hospital which saved their baby daughter’s life - by performing a miracle operation on her while she was still in the womb.

Little Faith Hope Dawson was diagnosed with life-threatening condition Hydrops during her mum Michelle Cannon’s 20-week ultrasound scan.

The condition is caused by too much fluid in the baby’s lungs and results in swelling, putting pressure on the heart and lungs.

Medics at Sheffield’s Jessop Wing told Michelle and Faith’s dad Gareth Dawson she needed immediate treatment because the condition can result in organ failure.

“The chances of survival can be so small with something like this, that they asked us if we wanted to continue with the pregnancy,” said Gareth of Almond Road, Cantley, Doncaster.

“We said we wanted to carry on so they told us the only thing they could do was drain her lung cavity by inserting a needle into her lungs while she was still in the womb.”

Engineer Gareth, 27, said many doctors refuse to carry out the procedure because of the risks, which include miscarriage.

Thankfully the procedure was successful and medics in the specialist neo-natal unit at Sheffield’s Jessop Wing, were able to drain the fluid from Faith’s lung cavity.

When Gareth and Michelle, 31, returned a week later for a check-up, they were told the fluid had returned.

Gareth said: “They didn’t know if she was going to survive or not.”

A shunt was fitted in the 22nd week of Michelle’s pregnancy to drain away the amniotic fluid for the rest of the pregnancy.

Faith was born on February 4 and given the all clear to go home and meet her sisters Alyssia, 11, and Courtney, nine.

The family are hoping to raise £1,000 in a charity fishing match at Aston Lakes on July 26. See www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Cannon2