CHARITY OF THE MONTH – Whiston Special Care Baby Unit

Emma and Kayson (second right) back at the SCBU to hand over our donation. Also pictured are (from left to right): Sister Caroline Deveney, Jess Woods, Matron Janet Bentham and Neonatal Nurse Specialist Helen Mulholland

Worried mum-to-be Emma Wheat went into hospital last November because her baby had stopped moving and what followed was a whirlwind of activity to save her unborn child.

After tests at Whiston Hospital’s maternity department she was given an emergency Caesarean section and little Kayson arrived in the world 7 weeks premature, weighing just 4lbs 3 oz.


But the birth was just the start of an intense 32 day stay in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) because of the complications Kayson suffered following the emergency operation.

Says Emma: “As with all premature babies there were quite a few complications when Kayson was born.  He had a brain haemorrhage, dangerously low blood sugar because he had problems with making insulin.  He also has hypospadias and a heart murmur – both of which will have to be corrected by operations when he has grown a little.


Kayson in the SCBU when he was just a few days old


“I don’t know what I would have done if it hadn’t been for the nurses in the SCBU.  They were absolutely fantastic and looked after him as if he was their own.  I can never thank them enough for all they have done for us.

“I cried when we left because I didn’t know how I was going to manage without them.  They were amazing and I’m so pleased we are able to make this donation to help them carry on the good work.”


Emma and Kayson were back at the hospital with Jess Woods who had nominated SCBU as our charity of the month to hand over our £400 donation.

Receiving the cheque SCBU matron Janet Bentham said: “It’s been lovely to see Kayson back here again and thriving.  Our thanks go to Emma, Jess and all the Gladstone Brookes staff for their kind donation which will be used specifically to buy items and equipment for the developmental