Oakham mum inspired by Lucy to help Leicester hospital

Photo: SM090911-023ow.jpg'Terri Tissier with son Luke, four. Terri is setting up a charity called Lucy's Hope 4 Others in memory of her daughter.
Photo: SM090911-023ow.jpg'Terri Tissier with son Luke, four. Terri is setting up a charity called Lucy's Hope 4 Others in memory of her daughter.

THE mother of a day-old baby who died a year ago is raising money for the hospital that fought to save her.

THE mother of a day-old baby who died a year ago is raising money for the hospital that fought to save her.

Lucy Hannah Rose Bailey was not breathing and did not have a heartbeat when she was born at home in Oakham.

Paramedics quickly rushed her and mum Terri Tissier to the Leicester Royal Infirmary’s neo-natal unit.

But tragically the next day Terri, 22, was told Lucy had no brain activity and it was only the ventilator keeping her alive. Terri then made the decision to turn off the machine and let her beloved daughter go.

“When you go into hospital you expect to come out with a baby,” she said. “I came out with my entire world crumbling around me.

“The last year feels like a dream, but I woke up one day and decided to do something. I want to help the staff, babies that are in the unit at the moment and those that will be in the future.”

Terri has now launched Lucy’s Hope 4 Others, which will raise money for the neo-natal unit and is associated with the Leicester Hospitals Charity. So far Terri has raised £135 by selling wristbands and she and her mum Lyn have knitted numerous woolly hats for babies in the unit.

Terri went into labour on Thursday, September 16 last year and gave birth to Lucy at 8.14am on the living room floor of her flat in West Road, Oakham. Lucy, who had been due five days earlier, weighed 9lbs 2oz when she was born.

Paramedics immediately rushed Lucy and Terri to the neo-natal unit at Leicester where Terri, Lucy’s father Gavin, 23, and their families were told the next 24 hours would be crucial.

Terri said: “The paramedics had managed to get her heart beating in the ambulance and it was a strong heartbeat. But I was woken up at 1.30am on the Friday and was told Lucy was having fits.

“In the morning she had a full brain scan and I was told that she had no brain activity and no chance of survival. It was only a ventilator that was keeping her alive.”

Later that day Terri bathed, dressed and cuddled her daughter for the first time and Lucy was christened in the hospital with her family including her older brother Luke, four, around her.

Terri said: “The ventilator was turned off at 6.30pm and we had to wait for her heart to stop.

“It still surprises me to this day that she didn’t live because she had a strong heart. It didn’t stop until 10.14pm. She lived for exactly 38 hours.”

During the entire ordeal, Terri said the staff in the neo-natal unit were wonderful, staying with Lucy and caring for her as best they could.

Terri said: “We are so grateful for the time they let us have with Lucy and this charity has been set up to give something back.”

So far Terri has set up a Facebook profile which can be found by searching for “Lucy’s Hope 4 Others” and a Justgiving page which is www.justgiving.com/Lucy-bailey but would like to hear from anyone who can offer her advice or help with starting her charity.

Terri also has another reason for looking ahead. She found out two weeks ago that she is pregnant again and is expecting a baby in April.

Terri, a former pupil of Queen Eleanor Technology College in Stamford, said: “I have no choice but to look to the future now. I have a son, an angel baby and am having a rainbow baby.

“I could not have done this without Luke and my mum. They have been my rocks and Gav has been there throughout.

“I will never forget Lucy and I am determined to raise as much money as I can in her memory for as long as I can.”

Terri’s mum Lyn, of Green Lane, Stamford, said: “I wish I could give all the money in the world to them but I can’t so these hats are my contribution. I have taught Terri and Gavin to knit them as well.”

To contact Terri, e-mail her on territissier18@hotmail.com