The day we saved a baby’s life

When I entered my Wheathampstead branch on a Wednesday in March the atmosphere was supercharged and the emotion palpable. I noticed a distraught young mother being comforted by one of my counter staff while holding an obviously unwell child.

Pantea, my Pre-Registration (trainee) pharmacist takes up the story: I was working at the Wheathampstead pharmacy. Our pharmacist, Simon, and I were taking turns to answer patients’ queries. It was around 1pm when a very distressed young mother came through the door with her child. One of our counter staff asked me to help. Even before speaking to the mother I noticed a very poorly child in the pram. He was of pale-yellowish colour and he was having such a hard time breathing. As I asked the mother how I could help, I sat down to take a closer look at the child and when holding his hand I was shocked how cold he was.  I was told that he had no previous medical conditions and that he was 20 months old. I observed that he was trying to hide from the light. He started to moan. He was very agitated and stiff. I was concerned that he might be suffering from sepsis or meningitis so I asked Simon for assistance and a second opinion. Simon now takes up the story: Pantea sought my opinion and I asked the mum a number of questions before pulling the little boy’s jumper up to have a look at his arm. …