'Isaac wouldn't be here without neonatal unit'
A NEWQUAY couple have raised nearly £1,000 for the neonatal unit which they say saved their son's life.
When Isaac Phizacklea was born on September 4 of last year he was thought to be in good health.
But in a frightening turn during the early hours of the following morning, he turned cold and was struggling to breathe.
Staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, took Isaac to be 'warmed up' but he was later placed in the neonatal unit where doctors soon discovered he had a heart condition.
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At just two days old, he was transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital for open-heart surgery.
"It was all a big shock to us as until that point we thought we had a healthy baby," said Isaac's mum, Sarah.
"Isaac went in the ambulance [to Bristol Children's Hospital] by himself as there was no room for myself because Isaac needed two paramedics, a neonatal nurse and a cardiac doctor."
He was later diagnosed with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage (TAPVD), a condition which means the veins to the heart are the wrong way round.
He underwent surgery that afternoon and spent one week on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and a second week on a cardiac ward.
On September 21 – Sarah and her husband Peter's first wedding anniversary – Isaac was finally allowed home. His feeding tube remained connected to his body until it was removed the following month.
Today, Isaac has just celebrated his first birthday and is a healthy toddler who was given the all-clear in July.
Sarah and Peter held an event at the Shack nightclub in Newquay earlier this month, where they raised a total of £900 for the hospital's neonatal unit.
Sarah added: "Isaac would not be here with us today without the neonatal unit picking up his heart defect and sending us to Bristol Children's Hospital so quickly for open-heart surgery at two days old.
"We are very grateful to all the staff and think they do a fantastic job; we raised this money for them to say thank you.
"We would like to also say thank you to the Shack and to DJs Mr Agogo, Brothers Grimm, Uzi Justice and Wooch, Dreemstyletransit and Louis Hanlon for artwork, and for donations made by Crown Gardens and Newquay Kitchens."
Sarah and Peter, who have also raised money for Bristol Children's Hospital and Ronald Macdonald House Bristol, which is where they stayed while Isaac was in hospital, also want to raise awareness of Cornwall Heart Families.
The group supports families who have children with heart conditions or have lost a child from a heart defect.
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