Pregnant Lucy Mecklenburgh breaks down in tears as she relives son Roman's A&E dash

PREGNANT Lucy Mecklenburgh got emotional as she spoke about her son Roman's A&E dash in September.

The 30-year-old previously shared how she found their 20-month-old son "blue" in his cot and was rushed intensive care.


Fortunately, the little one bounced back a week after he was put on a ventilator while being treated at St Mary's London intensive care unit.

Now reflecting on the traumatic hospital dash, Lucy explained that Roman sufferers from something called a "viral induced wheeze" so had been in out of hospital prior to his latest experience.

Recalling that night in September, the former Towie star said that she woke up at 4am feeling like something was wrong and went to check on Roman, who had a cold.

It was then when the TV star, who announced her pregnancy yesterday, found him in and out of consciousness in his cot.

Speaking to the Snot, Sweat and Tears podcast, Lucy began: "So I heard sort of grumbles at 3am and like I think we all do, well if they’re not sounding like it’s a big scream and they’re in pain, you think, ‘Oh well they’re just having a little dream.’

"I watched him on the monitor and he seemed fine, and at 4am something didn’t feel right.

"I watched him on the monitor and he was moving very slowly, side to side, and I thought, ‘This doesn’t feel right and I want to go and see him'" she continued.

"I think it’s in all of us and as mums we just know don’t we? Anyway, Basildon Hospital and St Mary’s in London, I just want to say a huge thank you. I was in the safest hands ever.

Lucy's voice then cracked as she said: "They absolutely were wonderful and I need to thank them and the ambulance service for arriving so promptly, for keeping my son here and it’s, um…God it’s quite emotional actually, talking about that."

Reflecting on Roman's diagnosis, Lucy said she believes that him being isolated from extended family members and friends during the pandemic has affected his immune system.

She said later: "I don’t know this for a fact, but I think potentially Roman was born ten days before Covid and because he was kept so isolated – literally isolated for six months – he didn’t have the chance to fight off viruses.

"So when he was in hospital, the test came back that he had six viruses, so what looked to me as a snotty nose was six viruses, so that’s what his little body was having to fight and that’s potentially why he was so poorly and got to the stage of needing a ventilator.

"But it does make you think, if he had been in a normal world at the beginning, would he have been able to fight those viruses.

"Would he have already had them and fought them off. Do you know what I mean? He wouldn’t have had six at once."

WARNING SIGNS

Lucy has since shared the warning signs behind her son Roman's terrifying intensive care scare in a bid to help other mums.

She wrote on Instagram: "Roman had a viral induced wheeze so a couple of times in the last 2 months he wakes up with a slight cold in the morning, he has a little wheeze by lunch time and by dinner time we are in a&e as he's struggling to breathe as we can see his chest is sucking in & working really hard.

"We are usually out by the morning after the nebuliser, oxygen and steroids and monitoring over night.

"This time however he had a little wheeze at lunch time but no wheeze before bed and he seemed completely fine other than a snotty nose. I still gave him 2 puffs of his inhaler before bed just in case."

In September, Lucy revealed that Roman now needs an inhaler twice a day after the ordeal.

HOSPITAL DASH

In a distressing post at the time, Lucy described the terrifying moment she found Roman in the cot as "every parent's worst nightmare".

She said: "As some of you may have noticed we haven't been on social media lately. Just over a week ago I found Roman blue in his cot – probably every parent's worst nightmare.

"Without going into too much detail it ended up with Roman being transferred to St Mary's London intensive care being put on a ventilator.

"Thankfully we are now all home and Roman is back to his cheeky self."

She added: "Although mentally we as a family may never fully recover, we feel extremely blessed to have our special boy home in our arms and it has truly opened our eyes to all the hardworking superheroes working in our hospitals."

Former Corrie star Ryan Thomas, who won Celebrity Big Brother, said it had been the "scariest time of their lives" as he shared a picture of him cuddling his son in hospital.

The couple have launched a fundraising page for Cosmic Charity, which looks after babies and children in intensive care.

The pair have pledged to do all they can to give back to those who saved their son's life.

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