Highland Midwives – Fight for Life BBC ALBA – Tuesday 27 September 9.00 – 10.00pm
A Skye family is one of four taking part in a special edition of BBC ALBA’s Highland Midwives tonight to chart the heart-warming and emotional progress of four infants with serious health issues who featured in the series earlier this year.
At the most challenging times in the lives of these babies, BBC ALBA cameras were allowed to follow their stories and the medics who strive to put these children on course for a healthy life.
Casey from the Isle of Skye (pictured above with his parents Claire and James MacQueen) was born with a cleft lip and palate. We follow his emotional first year, and the journey of young parents as Casey undergoes two major operations that will transform his features. We witness the family travel to Edinburgh, with footage of the operation performed by consultant surgeon, Felicity Mehendale.
Nine-month-old Willow, from Ullapool, was born with a diaphragmatic hernia and had to have life-saving surgery when she was just days old. Willow has ongoing lung problems and so Mum Mairead has been dreading her first winter. Her worst fears are realised when Willow has breathing difficulties and is readmitted to hospital.
Meanwhile, Cole, from Nairn, was born three months premature and spent many weeks in hospital, but at last his mother Kirsty is delighted to get him home. We catch up with the family and witness the great pleasure in the everyday tasks, such as Kirsty taking her son out for a walk.
Finally, we meet Donald, from Inverness, was also born very premature, and has been diagnosed with Noonan Syndrome. Now a lively four-year-old, we discover how this genetic disorder affects him.
Produced by Eyeline Media for BBC ALBA, Highland Midwives – Fight for Life is on BBC ALBA on tonight at 9pm. It will also be available to view on BBC iPlayer.