Life After ECMO
The M Word

Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou! I am currently right in the middle of our 8th year anniversary after my son underwent ECMO treatment when he was 3 months old. I could have written this article myself although I feel like you may be a little further along the road in the acceptance and healing process than I am. Mostly because until now I feel I have buried my head in the sand and been very ‘matter of fact’ about the whole thing. I still cry if I think about the time too deeply and still panic over every little wheeze. I’ve never had the opportunity to hear from another ECMO mummy and it is such a breath of fresh air to know all those feelings were “normal” or as normal as it’s possible to feel given such extraordinary circumstances. Thankyou for your honest account of your experience. Sian x