‘I thought that my world was ending’ - Couple plan fundraising show as a thank you for saving their son’s life
- Credit: Steve Davis
Every day brings new joy for a Hopton couple thanks to the remarkable survival of their baby son.
Sam and Hannah Street believe that without the expert care of a London hospital little Joshua might not be alive today.
And the couple are saying thank you in the only way they know how - by raising their voices in song.
Both semi-professional artists they are staging a fundraising variety show at Gorleston’s Pavilion Theatre to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where their baby’s life was saved.
Now 18 months old their son is a picture of health thanks to complex heart surgery performed when he was just days old.
“Every day we think about how lucky we feel,” said Mrs Street. “At one point I thought I was not going to have a baby at all, that it was all going to end horribly.
“It was such a stressful time, I thought that my world was ending.
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“Now he is the most beautiful little boy and we are so grateful.”
The couple’s ordeal began at the 20 week scan when a heart problem was spotted.
Medics at Gorleston’s James Paget Hospital decided that what they were seeing was beyond their expertise and referred them to University College Hospital (UCL), London.
Doctors there confirmed the condition was incredibly rare and potentially dangerous and the pregnancy was closely monitored.
Because of the risks an early date was set for a planned C-section in London, but Mrs Street went into labour early at home and was blue-lighted to UCL accompanied by a medical team who were on hand should the worst happen.
Joshua was delivered safely weighing 5lb 2oz and then transferred by specialist ambulance to GOSH where he had surgery.
“The whole time we cannot praise GOSH enough. They looked after Joshua and made us feel so safe,” Mrs Street said, and added they were grateful to be able to stay for free in charity funded accommodation.
The show called One Night Only is at Gorleston Pavilion on May 19.
Tickets are £10 and £8, all proceeds to the charity.
To book call 01493 662832.