I felt compelled to share this moving post by a new father on the urban75 community boards today, because it chimes with my fears of how desperately precious the NHS is, and how we should all fight to keep it.
Here’s what Bendeus posted:
My tiny, fragile, beautiful daughter was born today – 4lbs 2oz at close to full term. Turns out the cord was poorly supplied with blood, and that this was compromising the viability of the pregnancy.
Spent hours in hospital looking at a fucking monitor that was showing the heart rate dropping below half of what it should be. Torture. Ended up in an emergency Caesarian, with the first sound of a cry about three minutes after she was delivered. Thought we’d lost her.
Over the course of our treatment we were looked after by doctors and nurses from (my guess), Bangladesh, Pakistan, Spain, Poland (?), England, Scotland, S. Africa and, finally in the shape of a wonderful, grafting midwife, the Welsh Valleys .
The care, consideration, information supplied and general extra-mileness of every single last one of them brought a tear to my eye. I owe them the life of my daughter and, quite possibly, Mrs bendeus.
Osborne, Lansley, Cameron, Clegg, would you fuck off now, please, and take your messianic selfishness to hell with you? This institution is really, really something worth fighting for.
Join in with the discussion here: Thanks, NHS.