When Stu Bonsall came home one day to find his newborn baby girl crying “in a different way,” he instantly had a gut feeling that something was very wrong.
“I could so easily have done nothing – fearing I'd be told I was over-reacting,” the 45-year-old father from the UK said. “But my actions saved Megan's life.”
“I will never regret that, I would advise all worried parents to visit their hospital. It could save your baby's life,” he added.
The whole ordeal began in June 2016 when Bonsall heard his daughter Megan, who was only a few weeks old at the time, crying in a way he hadn’t heard from her before.
“I know all babies cry, I'm not stupid,” he said. “But I sensed something was different. I wanted a doctor to check her over.”
“I would rather look an idiot and know my daughter is okay,” he added.
By the time Bonsall arrived at the hospital, Megan already had full-blown sepsis.
“It's a good job I trusted my gut, because in a matter of minutes, she was rushed from casualty to Manchester Children's Hospital (MCH) with sepsis,” he said.
Megan was so ill at the time that she eventually had to be placed into an induced coma.
“We were told she was seriously ill and she was being put in an induced coma. It was terrifying,” Bonsall said. “Then, doctors said she was being taken to the bigger MCH.”
“We were to travel behind her ambulance by car. We were told, even if the ambulance pulled over on the way, not to stop,” he added. “It made me think she was going to die before she got there.”
It remains unclear exactly how Megan developed sepsis, a life-threatening condition that causes extreme damage to organs and tissue in the body, but it is typically caused by an infection.
Thanks to her father’s quick-thinking in a time of crisis, Megan responded well to treatment and was brought out of the coma after three days in the hospital.
Though the family had to wait some time before Megan was finally out of the woods, the baby girl is now a thriving 1-year-old toddler.
“It was touch and go, but our daughter is well and healthy, after the fantastic staff and our quick thinking to have her checked out,” Bonsall said, now that his baby girl is perfectly happy and healthy.