Nurse thanks colleagues for saving daughter's life

A nurse has praised colleagues who helped save the life of her little girl after she was struck by a flesh-eating bug.

Katie Groome

Katie Groome said the quick thinking of staff at Wishaw General Hospital played a key role when her daughter, also called Katie, developed deadly necrotising fasciitis after having chickenpox.

Katie, a staff nurse at Udston Hospital in Hamilton, is now fundraising for at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.

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Katie, a pupil at St Brendan’s Primary School in Motherwell, was just five when she was taken there from Wishaw General in a medically-induced coma.

Her mum, from Wishaw, is now urging people to buy tickets for an event at Wishaw and District Ex-Servicemen’s Institute on November 25. She is also hoping local businesses will donate raffle prizes.

She said: “After Katie got chickenpox I noticed a swelling on her right shoulder. She had a really high temperature and was very lethargic. Our GP visited and called an ambulance. The paramedic was so concerned he sent out a code red message.”

At Wishaw General, staff struggled to insert a tube into the girl’s veins because they were collapsing. She began to be sick and attempts to give her intravenous antibiotics didn’t work.

Katie continued: “She began to go into kidney failure and develop heart problems so the doctors called for the specialist team from Glasgow. Katie had started hallucinating and she had to be taken to theatre to be placed in an induced coma before she could be transferred to the children’s hospital.

“In intensive care she developed septicaemia and I saw a small purple mark on her shoulder. That was when they realised it was necrotising fasciitis.

“They had to cut away the top of her arm, an area across her chest and a bit of her back.”

Katie had to have skin grafted from her upper thigh to help repair the damage. She will need more plastic surgery as she grows to stretch the skin.

Her mum added: “She was in hospital for five weeks including having an operation on her sixth birthday.”

For more information on tickets and donations contact Katie on [email protected] or 07949 986219.