Sarah noticed herself becoming breathless and tired. She was suffering from an abnormally rapid heart rate and was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy: a chronic disease of the heart muscle which if left untreated, can lead to a cardiac arrestHowever, Sarah was 23 weeks pregnant and both her and her un-born child were in danger of losing their lives.

After a referral to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Sarah was transferred to Royal Papworth Hospital where she would live under the care of the team on Mallard Ward. The goal was for Sarah to reach 32 weeks of her pregnancy before obstetric and neonatal teams from The Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge would come to Royal Papworth Hospital to deliver her baby.

Cardiac and Anaesthetist teams from Royal Papworth kept Sarah's condition stable as she underwent a C-section. They even managed to bring her round from the anaesthetic in time to cuddle her new-born baby. He was then rushed to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge to be cared for in the neonatal department where he would be without his mother for the first few precious days of his life.

Following a stay in Critical Care, Sarah was finally reunited with her baby after 5 long days apart.

Sarah and baby Elliot are back home living a healthy, happy life. If it weren't for the expertise of Royal Papworth Hospital, it could have been a very different ending. 

The team on Mallard Ward and Critical Care supported me at every step of the way during the scariest time of my life. I will forever be thankful for what they did for me and my family. It is with thanks to them that we have a future together.