A collapsed lung
On Christmas Day 2015, we took a poorly Dylan to the walk-in clinic. He was seen straight away and after an initial assessment the doctor quickly picked up the phone and called for an ambulance. Rushed to A&E he was given a nebuliser and they tried everything to improve his breath sounds, eventually he was sent for an x-ray where it was discovered he had suffered a lung collapse. No one at the hospital had put a chest drain in anyone that young so we were transferred to a different hospital where he stayed for two weeks while the lung collapse healed. A CT scan was conducted and showed cysts covering 90-95% of his lungs, a statement was made to one of the respiratory consultants ‘what did this boy die of?’ He came home for four days and suffered his 2nd lung collapse, this time they did a procedure called pleurodesis to stop his lungs from fully collapsing and whilst doing it they biopsied his lungs. This time he stayed until 31st January and enjoyed just over a week at home. Appointments were scheduled for a double lung transplant.