MP's bedside vigil for baby son
By Annie DavidsonAN MP and his wife were keeping a vigil at the bedside of their newborn son last night after he was taken to a specialist hospital for emergency surgery.
By Annie Davidson
AN MP and his wife were keeping a vigil at the bedside of their newborn son last night after he was taken to a specialist hospital for emergency surgery.
Harwich MP Ivan Henderson and his wife, Jo, will remain at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London until their 10-day-old son, Joseph, is well enough to come home.
Little Joseph was taken ill on Sunday and underwent surgery for a twisted bowel early on Monday.
The drama happened just one day after he had been discharged from Harwich Hospital's maternity unit with his mum.
His worried parents took Joseph back to the baby unit and then onto Colchester General Hospital on Sunday evening, when their son was transferred by ambulance to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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Joseph is not in intensive care, but it is expected to be several days before he will be well enough to be discharged.
Mr Henderson said yesterday: “We're now much happier with how Joseph is doing. We're delighted with the excellent treatment we have had at Great Ormond Street.
“We'd particularly like to thank the staff at Colchester General and the ambulance service for all they did for us.”
Mr Henderson's spokesman, Garry Calver, added: “Obviously, it is a very difficult time for all of the family.
“Ivan and Jo will be staying with baby Joseph until he is well enough to come home. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
Joseph was born on June 20 at Colchester General Hospital's maternity unit, weighing 9lb 7.5oz.
Mrs Henderson and her new son then spent several days at Harwich Hospital's baby unit before being discharged to their Dovercourt home on Saturday.
Joseph is the first child for Mrs Henderson, who is aged in her 30s. Mr Henderson, 46, has a son and a daughter from a previous marriage and one grandchild.
n There are a number of causes of twisted bowel - or gut malrotation - although often there is no clear explanation as to why someone has the condition.
It can be caused by a number of factors, some more serious than others. Scars from previous surgery can “glue” portions of the bowel together or the bowel can be congenitally more liable to twist.
There also can be a number of complications from the condition - Bee Gee Maurice Gibb died from complications due to a twisted bowel.