Queen’s Hospital scientist meets baby she saved

Colleen Sanderson, a biomedical scientist at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, had an emotional meeting with a 16-week-old baby whose life she helped save earlier this year with grateful mum Angela Burgess telling her: “You made my family.”

Angela, 38, from Brentwood, had gone to Queen’s Hospital, Romford, in April this year to have a cervical stitch removed. However, Colleen spotted a large foetal bleed when checking a routine blood sample in the pathology lab. This led to an emergency c-section to deliver baby Grace that day.

While first-time mum Angela had been able to meet Colleen before being discharged from hospital, she hadn’t been able to see baby Grace as she was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the time.

So grateful Angela took Grace to Queen’s to meet Colleen and thank her once again for her role in saving her life.

Colleen’s manager, Xiaohui Tang, who supported Colleen in further examining the sample when she knew something wasn’t right, was also able to meet her.

Colleen said: “She’s beautiful and clearly a fighter. As our role is behind the scenes we don’t often to get to see the patients we’re caring for, so it was very special to meet Grace and Angela.

“Knowing that we made a difference certainly gave me a lump in my throat.”

Angela said: “Without Colleen and her colleagues, Grace wouldn’t be here. I truly appreciate what they’ve done for my family.

“When she’s older, I’ll make sure Grace knows what they did for her too, and this will be in her memory book.”

Mick Ferris

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