Erin became seriously ill again with hydrocephalus and was re-admitted to intensive care for another five days. Once stabilised we were advised that Erin would be required to have a VP shunt inserted into her brain to manage this condition. We were shocked by the idea of this surgery and couldn't believe we were back in ITU after five weeks of treatment. Nothing really prepares you for this. The support we received from the hospital staff was unbelievable.
Erin continued to fight and after three months in hospital was allowed home! This was great and scary. Erin has an older sister Alice who had a difficult time when her sister was ill. She was only just three at the time.
Erin will be 3 in October (2011) and is doing really well so far. She will have a VP shunt for life, but we are very positive about her future and very grateful for the amazing care she has received from midwives to consultants
Alice and Erin are now as close as sisters can be which is magic to see.
We hope that vaccinations can become accessible for all strains of terrible disease to stop it affecting any more families.