One of the first babies born in 2021 finally home with family after pneumonia battle

Glasgow’s first 2021 is finally home after battling pneumonia (Image: PA)

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Glasgow's first baby of 2021 has finally been able to go home after a desperate battle with pneumonia.

Lauren Docherty, 27, and her fiance Brad Girvan, 28, welcomed Finn, Glasgow's first baby of the year, at 1.58am on January 1.

But shortly after delivery the tot was whisked away to neonatal intensive care after being born with pneumonia, reports the Daily Record.

And instead of being able to take him home to meet his big brother Logan at the family’s Drumchapel home little Finn spent the next three days on CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure).

(Image: PA)

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Little Finn was born in the Queen Elizabeth Maternity Unit weighing 8lb 3oz – the exact same birth weight as Logan, 21 months.

Lauren said: “We knew straight away something was wrong. He was taken to NICU with some difficulty and in need to some help.

After a six days of him having some treatment for an infection and jaundice he was allowed to come home on January 7 to meet his big brother and grandparents.

Baby Finn, with his mother Lauren Docherty, his father Brad Girvan and brother Logan.
(Image: PA)

Baby Finn was one of the UK's first babies of 2021
(Image: PA)

She said she and Brad are extremely grateful for the rapid response and care for her baby by hospital staff.

Lauren, a support worker at Quarriers who is also studying for a BA in education and social services, said: “We would like to thank all the staff at the queen Elizabeth royal maternity for all their help during delivery and aftercare given to myself and Finn during our time within the hospital.

"The care, love and attention is second to none.

Little Finn was born in the Queen Elizabeth Maternity Unit weighing 8lb 3oz
(Image: PA)

“Our midwife during delivery was so encouraging and supportive throughout, pushing me and motivating me to keep going. she is an asset to the NHS.

“All staff within the NICU and neonatal units were exceptional and took the time to explain and support both myself and Brad. For this we are so grateful as this was an extremely difficult experience for the both of us.

“We would like to let other expectant parents waiting to go into the Queen Elizabeth maternity during this unknown, and frankly scary, time given the new lockdown that they should have no worries.

"The care from all staff is fantastic throughout.

“You and your babies are in the safest of loving hands.

“Myself and Brad will be forever grateful that we've been so lucky. Our boy is now home with us and his big brother Logan. He is our wee trooper.”

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