Baby Finlay born at 26 weeks meet SAS staff

What an amazing story!

Wee Finlay Mackenzie was born at just 26 weeks last March – he weighed 1lb 13oz at birth, lighter than a bag of sugar. He was due on June 21 and had to be given CPR on the way to hospital to be kept alive.

Now 15 months on, Finlay is doing fantastic and along with mum, Gemma Maxwell, 29, and dad Niall MacKenzie, 30, met with the three paramedics who saved his life.

Yesterday at Glasgow East Ambulance Station, Finlay got to meet Nikki Wilson, Harry Trodden and Sheila Parr.

Gemma, of Glasgow, said: “On the way to hospital, the crew kept him alive and saved his life. He’s just doing amazing now. He’s just such a character and you would never know the rocky start he has had in life.”

Finlay was in hospital for 11 weeks and now weighs 10kg.

On meeting the crew yesterday, she said: “We had to do this. They saved him – this is healing for me. What do you say to the people who saved your baby’s life? To just see them, and thank them, is huge. You can tell it’s not just a job for them, it’s their life.”

Dad Niall said: “I was on a different planet, didn’t know what was going on. It was just amazing how calm and normal was and how they made it out to be. We were quite positive throughout the whole thing, we always said we had this feeling that everything was going to be okay. If it wasn’t for the crew, he wouldn’t have made it. They are all amazing.”

Posted on 16/06/2021