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Luai’s story: Graduating from the High Dependency Unit

Luai on high dependency unit
08 January 2021

It’s a very special day on the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

After being on the ward since April 2020, one-year-old Luai is ‘graduating’ to Ward 1 as he no longer needs high dependency care.

Luai needs special treatment as he was born premature at 24 weeks and has been struggling with breathing problems.

His mum, Veronica said: “Luai has proved a lot of people wrong. Nothing has made me happier than watching him grow. The staff on HDU are very friendly and supportive. I know I can trust them with my son and the hospital feels like home.”

Following a tracheostomy procedure – when an opening is created at the front of the neck so a tube can be inserted into the windpipe (trachea) to help a patient breathe – Luai’s breathing has improved. Luai is also hearing and visually impaired so when changes on HDU were made, such as introducing clear masks so patients can see staff faces, it made it much easier for him to bond with our staff on the Unit.

Luai has also had support from play specialists, who have been providing him with sensory play sessions to aid his development.

Veronica said: “He never used to smile and at first they thought he might have cerebral palsy but since he’s had a tracheostomy he’s been smiling at everyone!

“It’s been hard with COVID-19 restrictions but the staff have really supported me. I couldn’t be more thankful for their work and love for my baby, they really are heroes. HDU will forever by in my memories for this year.”

We know the staff on HDU will miss Luai and wish him all the best!

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