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Douglas' Fight for Life
CASTLE KENNEDY mum Clare Stroyan this week told of the night
she feared her 14-month-old son was going to die.
and her husband Tom rushed unconscious baby Douglas to the
Garrick Hospital where doctors fought successfully to stabilise
him until a crash team of consultants called from Glasgow,
arrived to take over.
amazingly, just two weeks later, Douglas is the picture of
health and has no idea of his parents’ anguish during his
fight for life.
Little did Clare, who is a nurse at the Health Centre in Stranraer,
realise the drama that lay ahead when Douglas developed what
seemed like a cold at home at 21 Aird Crescent, Castle Kennedy.
By 10 p.m. he was unconscious and Clare and Tom raced into
the Garrick with the little boy in their car.
home in bed, sisters Catherine (8) and Angelina (3) were unaware
of the fight to save their little brother.
the consultant paediatrician and consultant anaesthetist sped
through the night from the Yorkhill Children’s Hospital the
100 miles to Stranraer, two local doctors worked to stabilise
midnight the consultants arrived with their portable intensive
care equipment and within four hours, Douglas was fit enough
to make the ambulance journey to Glasgow, followed by his
anxious parents in their car.
"It was a very frightening time, very traumatic for the
whole family. We thought we would lose Douglas at one stage.
He was gravely ill".