HIE brain injuries in newborns | Southampton Hospital Charity

HIE brain injuries in newborns

Announcement: On 16 September 2019, we reached the full £7,800 target, so this research will begin in Autumn 2019! Thank you so much to everyone who donated.

Hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen getting to a baby from the placenta around the time of birth.

HIE occurs in 1 in every 1,000 births in the UK.

We've been fundraising for this project since February 2019, so watch what happened when we told Dr Vollmer the good news!

Beth and Wilder's story:

Beth Kendall talks to us about her experiences with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) which is a form of brain injury in newborns.

“Before my son Wilder was born, I’d never heard of HIE. I was about to give birth to my first baby and though I was naturally anxious, the possibility of my child being born sick was not something I’d given much thought to.

Then, at full-term, my baby stopped moving and had to be delivered via emergency caesarean section. He’d had a feto maternal haemorrhage and was born white as a ghost and silent after subsequently suffering a stroke.

I didn’t just enter the world of motherhood that day. I entered the world of neonatal intensive care and perinatal mental health. After we returned home, life returned with more meaning and purpose. It’s hope and love and the support of family and amazing friends that got us through. And Wilder, of course!”

Beth has designed a wildflower pressed print with profits coming to the Southampton and Oxford neonatal intensive care units.