A woman who thought she had appendicitis after suffering excruciating pain was surprised to find out she was actually in labour.
After a visit to her doctor, Robyn Darvill found out she was both pregnant and about to give birth.
She went straight to hospital where little Daisy Pearl was born.
Robyn and her partner Luke said they were not prepared at all, but the moment they saw their daughter they were “love struck”.
Just two weeks after the couple were coming to terms with their surprise addition to the family however, Daisy was struggling to breathe and was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
She was diagnosed with three holes in her heart and needed immediate lifesaving open heart surgery if she was going to survive, the Cambridge News reports.
At just two weeks old Daisy was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for lifesaving open heart surgery (Image: cambridge-news.co.uk)
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“In a matter of weeks our lives had changed,” said Luke Darvill, 25 from Haverhill. “We had no idea that Daisy was on the horizon and all of a sudden Robyn was not only pregnant, but also in labour and giving birth to our baby.
“We weren’t prepared at all, but as soon as we set our eyes on our baby daughter, we were love struck and couldn’t wait to get the next chapter of our lives started. She completed our little family.
“We had been at home for two weeks before Daisy became seriously unwell.
“We were told her heart wasn’t working properly – it was terrifying to think that something we loved so much could be taken away from us.
“We didn’t know how long she would be in hospital for and I had no idea about where we would stay while she underwent this major treatment.”
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The young parents faced the heart-wrenching choice of leaving their newborn in hospital without them or forking out for accommodation.
Luckily, they were saved, thanks to help from the Sick Children’s Trust who made sure they were able to stay by Daisy’s side.
Luke said: “Thankfully we were told about the trust and the free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation the charity offers.
“We were so relieved to be given a set of keys and our own room. To know we had somewhere to stay, completely free of charge, right next to our baby was such a comfort when it felt like our whole world was falling apart.
“For two months we were supported by the charity’s Acorn House. It was amazing – Daisy never had to be without one of us by her side and we didn’t have to worry about how we were going to be able to afford to stay with her.”
Two months after her admission to Addenbrooke’s, Daisy became so ill that a decision was made to transfer her to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Once more, Luke and Robyn were terrified of being separated from their miracle baby.
Luke said: “We were so scared that we were going to be separated from our baby as her little body was put through open heart surgery.”
Fortunately the Sick Children’s Trust saved the family from being split up and accommodation was found at Guilford Street House in London.
Luke said: “The charity organised for us to stay in another ‘Home from Home’ which they ran in London called Guilford Street House – and again we were given a warm welcome by the House Manager Tina, who took us in and gave us a lovely home close to our daughter’s bedside.”
Robyn, 21, who only found out she was pregnant hours before her arrival, said the whole hospital experience was “traumatic”.
But added that she would not have made it through had it not been for the support of the Sick Children’s Trust.
She said:”When we first arrived in London we were exhausted with worry. Daisy was so very poorly and it was breaking our hearts to see her fighting for her life.
“The house manager, Tina, welcomed us with a huge amount of love and care. She was so interested in how Daisy was and the journey we’d been on.
“Tina became like family: a huge support we needed at such a traumatic time.”
To say thank you Luke is taking on the Bedford Half Marathon on September 2 to fundraise for The Sick Children’s Trust.
Daisy who made her unexpected entrance back in 2015, is now a bouncing toddler and her visits to Addenbrooke’s are becoming less frequent.