Liza picking Danielle up

20:08:16 Wed 31st March
Liza did manage to pick Danielle up earlier though

sharnon007: @andyfield you have all been in our thoughts & prayers. Hope everything is great! :0)
chrisrat: @andyfield Thinking of you and your family Andy
markw29: @andyfield Our thoughts are with you and your family
GeoBlogs: @andyfield thinking of you and the family Andy
teggie19: @andyfield Don't have the words, but our best wishes are with you and your family
lisibo: @andyfield – lovely pictures. Glad Liza is up and about. Hoping and praying for beautiful Danielle x
amandasalt: @andyfield tough times, really thinking of you all. she looks beautiful in the photos
Joga5: @andyfield Lovely photos Andy – in our thoughts here
Langwitch: @andyfield thinking of you and praying for you and your family.
dughall: @andyfield Thanks for sharing the photos, Andy. Rooting for you all.
nstone: @andyfield wishing you and your family the very best – thoughts and prayers with you all.

20:02 31st March
Six days on – Liza (wife) doing ok but still in hospital. Danielle (baby) very ill in intensive care – outcome looks increasingly poor :(

DebbieSwan: @andyfield sending you my very best wishes and positive thoughts x
MarieFrance: @andyfield I am sorry- All my thoughts are with you and Lisa, prayers for Danielle
stephanrinke: @andyfield my thoughts and prayers are with you all, Andy!
daveterron: @andyfield We're all rooting for you and your girls. Take care.
ZoeRoss19: @andyfield it must be awful for you – very best wishes to you all
simonrenshaw: @andyfield keeping everthing crossed for you and the family. Hang on in there Fields!
jonesieboy: @andyfield You and yours are in my thoughts every day. Hang on in there.
misterel: @andyfield my thoughts are with you and your family.
sethdickens: @andyfield All 3 of us here hold you guys in our thoughts, Andy.
melhutch: @andyfield Many of us are pulling for you and sending positive thoughts.
juliafallon: @andyfield Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
dajbelshaw: @andyfield Sorry to hear about Danielle, Andy. Good news about Liza though.

March 30th 12:13
One more photo – this time Danielle and I – far fewer wires than before. http://yfrog.com/jukfoj

tobiefysh: @andyfield Thanks man, just teared up at work, my thoughts with you all – She looks like a fighter.
416Jesse: @andyfield My thoughts are with you Andy. Stay strong.
marchawes: @andyfield what a gorgeous baby :) I wish you and your family well

March 30th 12:11
Liza up and walking for first time today – lovely to visit Danielle and she her little eyes open http://yfrog.com/0pfpvj

NeilAdam: @andyfield really sorry to hear about that – just looked back through your tweets. desparate. thoughts & prayers

Tue Mar 30 12:10
Danielle (new baby) still in intensive care but has been stable for nearly 4 days. Brain injury main focus but +ve she is still here :)

Danielle looking at her Mum

Danielle looking at her Mum

March 28th 19:08
Danielle showing signs though – looked at Mummy today and grabbed finger :)

gvibe: @andyfield that does sound very promising, all the best Andy
josepicardo: @andyfield that's very good news – hope more news like that to come
nickdennis: @andyfield Glad to hear that Liza's okay and hope for more good news
sethdickens: @andyfield She looks absolutely wonderful Andy. I really hope everything works out well for you all.
carolrainbow: @andyfield Thinking of you all. Hoping Danielle make a full recovery!
missbrownsword: @andyfield lovely photo, glad to hear they're both doing well
Joga5: @andyfield A lovely photo! Looks like she is fighting hard! Still thinking about you and the clan.
geraldhaigh: @andyfield Thank you for the photo Andy. Many people with you in this. So grateful you're including us. Love to all of you, esp Danielle.
4goggas: @andyfield Good heavens, baby quite a big girl! Hope she recovers quickly. :0)

March 28th 19:06pm
Liza now out of delivery ward after massive issues. Baby Danielle still stable in intensive care – major concern is brain damage

dajbelshaw: @andyfield Glad Liza's OK, Andy. Hoping & praying for baby Danielle…
infernaldepart: @andyfield Great news about Liza, prayers and thoughts with Danielle and family
crowsond: @andyfield Best wishes to you all – hope your fears are unfounded and that your joy will be unconfined
deerwood: @andyfield all yr followers are thinking about you and yr family, wishing the best outcome for all. Stay strong
davestacey: @andyfield Keeping everything crossed for you. Glad signs are positive.

By Danielle’s second day she was looking more stable, but still had many wires and various attachments.  You can see in the photo how she is sporting a white hat – this was created by the NICU team to keep her head covered whilst it had all the brain scanning probes attached.  She continued to have brain scans, but she passed a detailed one without showing any seizures.  This was a good sign at the time.

As you can see in the photos she was also opening her eyes slightly.  She was still heavily under the influence of morphine and the anti-seizure drugs, but it was great to see her grabbing hold of her Dad’s finger and responding to our voices.  One of the consequences of her dramatic delivery was that they had to break her left arm – this was one of the final delivery options following the shoulder dystocia.  The drugs were to keep her conformable after all her injuries.

March 27th 09:13:49
Here is a pic of Danielle and her Mum too: what stars!

teggie19: @andyfield what a lovely family. I hope you can all be together soon! Baby girls are such fighters! Take Care
mynictle: @andyfield lovely pic, hope all will be well very soon x
dwsm: @andyfield lovely photos. My thoughts are with you – hope all is well
tobiefysh: @andyfield in our thoughts. Thanks for sharing pictures.
digitalmaverick: @andyfield Thinking of you, your wife and baby and hoping for the best for you all. Please keep us posted on developments.
dughall: @andyfield I'll add my voice to others wishing you well, Andy. Still thinking of you.
sharnon007: @andyfield Thoughts and prayers going out to all four of you! Congratulations! Can't wait to see more good pics! :0)
lisibo: @andyfield – precious pictures. Thinking of all of you – hope Danielle continues to make progress xx
johnmayo: @andyfield More thoughts & prayers – hope Danielle continues to make progress

Danielle with Dad and her older sister Jennifer

andyfield: This is a picture of Danielle meeting her big sister Jennifer yesterday :) http://yfrog.com/ccq7kjj
about 13 days ago
infernaldepart: @andyfield thanks for the update andy, keep in there.
nicfranc: @andyfield thoughts and prayers for you and your family….hope everything will be ok!

08:41am March 27th
Thanks for messages re Danielle (new baby). She has been stable and alive for 35 hours now – still very poorly but we can just hope

foxburg: @andyfield best wishes to you all, thinking of you.
chrisrat: @andyfield I can't believe I missed your message yesterday. Our thoughts are with you. If there is anything you need, shout
shervette1: @andyfield Thinking of you all still. Can only imagine. Danielle is obviously a fighter!
stevebunce: @andyfield still thinking & praying for you all, Andy
misetak: @andyfield Lovely photo with both your girls. Hoping for more good news.

On Danielle’s first day Liza gradually had wires removed but was still seriously ill. Both sets of grandparents had rushed to see both Danielle and Liza – it was excellent that they’d been able to visit within the first few hours. At the time, we didn’t even know if Danielle would survive that day. I went home briefly to collect a few items and was amazed to see a rainbow near to our house. Thought it was some form of good news, but I guess it was more because it there was rain and sunshine at the same time.

We were given lots of information about what had happened and it started to become clear how ill Danielle was. The consultants were very clear and direct – this, both Liza and I are certain, helped us from the start. It was horrible to find out more details but the situation was made clear from the start.

Liza was wheeled in again to the NICU area. This time she was able to get next to Danielle to really see her face – this was really kind of all the staff. Liza was told she could stay for 15 minutes as she was still under close monitoring. She actually stayed for just over two hours and this explains how both Liza and Danielle are getting observations in some of the photos.

Danielle, due to the ‘brain insult’ (to use the hospital’s terms) had probes all over her head where they were monitoring brain activity to check to seizures. There had been some overnight, but anti-seizure drugs had been given and nothing further was noticed. Danielle was already on a range of drugs and medicines. She was also undergoing a ‘cooling’ process – this was where they gradually cooled her entire body to a low temperature to give her internal organs, but especially her brain, the best chance of recovery. We were told at the time that other organs could recover, but any injury to the brain wouldn’t repair itself so the cooling process was an attempt to minimise damage and preserve what hadn’t been affected. As you can see from the photos, Danielle was covered with a whole range of wires and tubes but seemed comfortable and asleep.

07.51 March 26th
Thanks for messages. Liza (wife) doing better but Danielle (baby) is not. 10lb at birth, got shoulder stuck went 18 mins without breathing

These are photos taken of Danielle (and Liza’s) first difficult hours. Danielle was born at 18.40 and these photos were taken late into the night of 25th and 26th March. Despite Liza’s very poor condition (having lost 3.2 litres of blood), she was determined to be wheeled into the NICU to see our new daughter.

This post has been dated to the approximate chronology when the photos were actually taken

Started having more regular and painful contractions early Thursday morning. At around 4am I went for a shower to see if that would stop them but it didn’t. Waited for another hour and a half before feeling I couldn’t any more and woke Andy up. We called the hospital at around 7am and they told us to make our way in. When we arrived at the hospital they hooked me onto a monitor. It showed my contractions were coming every 3 minutes but the midwife felt they were not strong enough as I had not dilated any further. She suggested I go home and have a bath and walk to help bring them on more. However the Sister In Charge that day on the Delivery Unit felt I should stay on the Lady Mary Annex as my contractions were regular. We walked, slowly and painfully, down to the ward.

I managed to convince Andy that we should walk down to the Concourse (the large food and shopping area at Addenbrooke’s Hospital) so we could get lunch. I’d been on the ward before and really didn’t want to have to sit there waiting. Not long after getting there I was in so much pain. The contractions were still about every 3 minutes but I was in agony. Andy got me a wheelchair and rushed me back to the ward. He went to get someone to be told, ‘She will be in pain she’s in labour’..very helpful…. Fortunately a cleaner heard my cries and went to get someone. My waters broke in a Hollywood style. I was then very very sick… It seemed like forever and I was eventually taken up to the Delivery Unit.

When I arrived there the lovely midwife gave me Gas & Air while we waited for the Epidural to be set up. The Epidural never quite worked and I used Gas & Air throughout. The midwife kept telling me to have breaks in between contractions. I did try but – ouch! I have to say that the pain was 100 times worse than when I gave birth to Jennifer (and I thought that was as bad as it could get). Things were going wrong – my pulse was getting higher and higher and baby’s heartbeat was rising too, so the midwife called in the doctors.

I didn’t know what was going wrong at the time but knew things must be. I was in agony and lots of medical professionals were coming in. I won’t go into details of the delivery as it is too hard for me to even think about at the moment. Our baby was finally out of me though but I heard no sound. I knew then that something was wrong but was feeling very exhausted. They took her and put her on a resuscitation table. Doctors were asking my consent to give me a blood transfusion. They wanted me to sign something but I couldn’t. Next thing I really recall is Andy getting me to touch our new baby’s hand while they were wheeling my bed out to take me to theatre.

Theatre was not scary. It was very big and there were lots of doctors. I remember them pressing on my stomach constantly to keep my uterus going (mimicking contractions I think), and putting various things in me. I remember when they stitched the thing in my neck (for my heart) thinking ‘will I look like Frankenstein?’ – not sure why? Everyone was so lovely to me and kept saying such reassuring things. When they had finished I remember a midwife asking about the baby’s name. I told her that it was Danielle and that my husband must not call her Dorkas (a name that was jokingly suggested to us by my mother-in-law). Later on I was told I lost 3.2 litres of blood, placenta had not separated and that my uterus had collapsed.

When they finally wheeled me out Andy was there waiting for me. I was pretty high on drugs but do recall family coming to see me later on. The nurses and midwives were there all the time to monitor me. I had lots of tubes and wires but luckily couldn’t see them so was not as worried as I might have been.

At about 1am they arranged for me to be wheeled in to see Danielle. After rearranging my monitors etc they took Andy and myself through. I was so pleased to be able to touch her but scared about her being in NICU. I did feel some hope though as our first daughter had been in NICU and came through fighting. I was not able to see her beautiful face as I was at the top of her incubator and she was wearing a white hat. They let me stay for about 5 minutes and then wheeled me back again so they could hook me up again.

After ‘reassembling’ me the midwife that night encouraged me to sleep. I was not able to and just felt so numb. Thankfully Andy was able to sleep in the room with me that night – I was basically under intensive care monitoring. We didn’t know what the prognosis for Danielle was and I was feeling so scared for her. I desperately wanted her to fight through but something inside me kept telling me that she wasn’t going to.

Liza Field 10th April 2010

This post – like others containing grabbed Twitter replies – has been dated to link directly with the chronology of Danielle’s life.

When I posted the message on Twitter –

7:33 PM Mar 25th
Baby born hour or so ago. Not good news :( Baby’s shoulder got stuck – mum in theatre but ok not sure about baby :( in intensive care

I wasn’t expecting much of a response – it was more my keenness to share the news. I was amazed by the replies that started appearing.

plasmarox: @andyfield :( Hope things go well over the next few days.
markw29: @andyfield Our thoughts are with you all… hope things improve soon
paulhaigh: @andyfield intensive care with my new baby was the most amazing, inspiring, safe place but best viewed in retrospect, very scary at the time
misetak: @andyfield thoughts and prayers for you all. Hugs too!
paulhaigh: @andyfield thinking of you all, the amazing NHS will look after you all I trust
paulhaigh: @andyfield you'll never listen to Athlete 'Wires' in the same casual way again- absolute dynamite, its about what you are going through now
melhutch: @andyfield You have lots of people pulling for you xx
sdinnage: @andyfield As many others will also say, love and thoughts with you all.
Daniel_Ley: @andyfield ohh congratulations, i hope everything's okay with the baby! :(
atantot: @andyfield my thoughts are with you – hope everything is ok.
moodlefairy: @andyfield thinking about you and Lisa and baby xx
teggie19: @andyfield sending you & your family all the good wishes for happy news very soon! Take care!
juliafallon: @andyfield :-( Sending postitive thoughts to baby and mum. And hoping for the best.
spookingdorf: @andyfield Hoping things are OK – thinking of you
natsait: @andyfield congratulations – I hope everything is ok – they are resiliant little things. All three of you are in our thoughts xxx
sghani: @andyfield thinking of you. Hope everything is ok.
stevebunce: @andyfield will pray for your family & you, Andy. Take care
tutor2u: @andyfield Thoughts with you all & fingers crossed
dominic_mcg: @andyfield wishing you and yours all the best. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
dajbelshaw: @andyfield Really sorry to hear that, Andy. Thoughts and prayers with you and family.
joelhistory: @andyfield Thoughts are with you, everything that can be crossed, is.
shervette1: @andyfield oh no. Hope news gets better. Thinking of you.
davestacey: @andyfield Thinking of you all Andy. Fingers crossed that everything works out.
jamesmichie: @andyfield my thoughts and prayers are with you all – hope everything works out!
rhadad: @andyfield Oh, Andy, I hope everything turns out all right. I'll be praying for you all.
teach_ict: @andyfield Only just read your tweet. I hope things have settled down during the night and that Lisa and the baby are both doing well.