Born 9 Weeks Premature, Little Manny’s First Birthday a Very Happy Occasion at BRHS

Midwife Kara Goodwin and GP Obstetrician Dr Antoinette Mowbray were thrilled to see baby Manny again. Photos: Jake Lynch/BRHS

 

BRHS nursing and theatre staff received a very welcome special guest visitor to the hospital a few weeks ago.

Manny Di Vitto was born at BRHS on Aug. 3, 2018. But it was far from your routine delivery.

After it was noticed that Manny’s heart rate in the womb was dangerously low, the little boy was born via emergency caesarean section at just 28 weeks gestation.

Nursing and theatre staff responding swiftly and with great teamwork, and Manny was born and stabilised at BRHS, before being transported to Melbourne via a Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) airplane.

“It is impossible to put into words how thankful we are for everyone’s effort at the Bairnsdale hospital for saving Manny’s life and changing ours.”

12 months later and the little fella is resoundingly healthy and well!

Mum Melissa, Dad Michael and Manny returned to BRHS late last month to celebrate the especially meaningful milestone of his first birthday, and to say thank you to those that had played a role in making it all possible.

Flowers, cake and candles replaced CTG’s and oxygen masks, a lovely moment for all that were present on that unforgettable day 12 months ago.

Celebrating the very happy occasion at BRHS was Clinical Midwife Consultant Kara Goodwin, GP Obstetrician Dr Antoinette Mowbray, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Kim Cantrill, Theatre Instrument Technician Pauline Walker, Theatre Nurse Nicole Wallis, and the birthday boy Manny with Dad Michael Di Vitto and Mum Melissa Grant.

 

Mum and Dad very generously let the BRHS nurses and midwives fawn over Manny for the afternoon, thrilled as they were to see him again and looking so well.

“It is impossible to put into words how thankful we are for everyone’s effort at the Bairnsdale hospital for saving Manny’s life and changing ours,” Melissa said. “We couldn’t imagine life without him. No amount of thankyous will ever be enough, but we will start with thankyou times infinity.”

“It helped me realise fully the enormous difference that we make.”

Melissa’s GP Obstetrician Dr Antoinette Mowbray, who delivered Manny and helped coordinate the emergency response, describes the day as one she’ll never forget.

“I’m just so glad it was such a miraculous result,” she said.

Looking back, Antoinette said the emergency had a profound impact on her.

“It helped me realise fully the enormous difference that we make,” she said. “We all did what we were trained to do, and it thankfully resulted in a good outcome.”

From all the staff at BRHS, Happy Birthday Manny!