Pregnant Lucy Mecklenburgh breaks down while detailing her son Roman’s A&E stint
Lucy Mecklenburgh broke down in tears as she reflected on her son Roman’s terrifying stint in hospital on Tuesday.
The former TOWIE star, 30, who announced on Monday that she’s expecting her second child with fiancé Ryan Thomas, revealed that doctors discovered her little boy was battling ‘six viruses’ after she found him ‘blue in his cot.’
Lucy added that she fears Roman, who now uses an inhaler after being diagnosed with a ‘viral induced wheeze’, may have suffered from a weakened immune system after being isolated at home during the Covid lockdown.
Pregnant Lucy Mecklenburgh, 30, broke down on Tuesday as she detailed the traumatic A&E experience with first baby Roman this comes following the news of her second pregnancy
In September, 20-month-old Roman – who Lucy shares with her fiancé Ryan Thomas, 37 – spent nearly a week in intensive care.
Reflecting on the traumatic night, Lucy said she had gone to check on Roman in the night as he had been suffering with a cold.
Speaking on the Sweat, Snot & Tears podcast Lucy said: ‘I heard sort of grumbles at 3am and like I think we all do, 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.’
She revealed that when she checked the baby monitor an hour later that something ‘didn’t feel right’:
‘He was moving very slowly, side to side, and I thought, ‘This doesn’t feel right and I want to go and see him.”
‘Blue in his cot’: Lucy’s fiancé Ryan Thomas, 37, pictured with their son Roman after he was rushed to hospital and put on a ventilator in September
It was then when she found Roman ‘blue in his cot’ and he was rushed to Basildon Hospital and St Mary’s in London.
Speaking about the staff, Lucy got emotional 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 quite emotional actually, talking about that.’
Her son has since been diagnosed with a ‘viral induced wheeze’ and now requires an inhaler twice a day.
Statement: The former TOWIE star said the scare was ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’ as he battled six viruses at once
She added: ‘I don’t know this for a fact, but 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.
‘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.’
Giving back: Lucy said the experience has made her want to get involved with charities for sick children and the hospital where Roman was taken
Taking to Instagram in September, at the time of the scare Lucy wrote: ‘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 two 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.’
Lucy said the experience made her want to get involved with charities for sick children and give back to the hospital where Roman was taken.
Ryan wrote: ‘No words can explain how grateful we are to have our little boy home safe after spending nearly a week in intensive care’
She added: ‘I am eternally grateful to the ambulance service for arriving so quickly, to Basildon hospital, the CATS team (Children Action Transport Services) St Mary’s London PICU and Cosmic Charity (Caring for babies & children in intensive care).
‘I would love to do something in return and help other sick children and their families. I’d like to help with the new children’s garden area at Basildon Hospital as it’s unusable at the moment and I know it would bring so much joy to children on the wards.’
She said: ‘I’d also like to support Cosmic charity with a donation from us, and a promise I will support this charity as much as I can in the future.
‘If you would be generous enough to support this incredible charity there’s a Just Giving page in my bio which would mean the world to me if you made a donation and this is why.
‘Cosmic Charity raises significant funds for the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital London which Roman was transported to when Basildon Hospital could simply do no more for him.’
Baby number 2! Lucy, 30, announced the sweet news with a picture of her baby bump on her Instagram page on Monday afternoon (pictured while pregnant with Roman)
Detailing the work of the charity she added: ‘The charity helps by funding high tech equipment that helps save children’s lives that the NHS is unable to fund, support and on-site accommodation for parents & families which I can confirm is so greatly appreciated by the parents of the children in intensive care too get some much needed rest knowing they are so close.
‘Training and education for health professionals & clinical research into life threatening childhood diseases. Funded incubators for babies in intensive care, hundreds of hours counselling for families and frontline staff.’
Lucy finished her message by saying how much the experience had opened her eyes to all the work carried out by NHS staff.
She said: ‘Although mentally we as a family may never fully recover, we feel extremely blessed to have our special boy home in our arms.
‘It has truly opened our eyes to all the hardworking superheroes working in our hospitals who dedicate their lives to helping others and how extremely lucky we are to have these incredible medical services free for us all in the UK. Thank you NHS and all the charities that support the NHS.’
In the image shared to her social media, Lucy wore a white top and jeans as she posed with her little boy in the image captioned: ‘Here we go again @ryanthomas84’
This comes after Lucy announced her pregnancy with her second child on Monday in a post she shared with fans on Instagram.
In the image shared to her social media, Lucy wore a white top and jeans as she posed with her little boy in the image captioned: ‘Here we go again @ryanthomas84.’
Lucy’s followers were quick to offer their congratulations underneath the adorable photograph.
The couple are currently living in Lucy’s native Essex with their son Roman while they work on doing up their new Cheshire pad.
Family: Aw! Lucy – who is already mum to son Roman, 20 months, with her fiancé Ryan Thomas – revealed the couple are set to become parents again on Monday