Gravesend Doting Dad shortlisted for Tommy's baby award
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 February 2018
Gravesend dad Charlie McCann, 42, has been shortlisted for a Tommy's Award, hosted by baby charity Tommy's.
Now in its 23rd year, the Johnson and Johnson Doting Dad Award recognises a father who has gone above and beyond to care for his children and family during a difficult pregnancy or birth.
Charlie was nominated by his wife Angela, 42, who explained that it took the couple over eight years to have their children.
After their first pregnancy was ectopic, Charlie and Angela also went through four miscarriages until Angela became pregnant with twins.
At 34 weeks, Angela was told by doctors that she had severe pre-eclampsia, and the following day Charlie and Angela were to become parents to Alex and Daisy by emergency C-section.
She said: “They explained to Charlie that I was incredibly ill and despite maximum dosage of all three available medications to lower my blood pressure, it wasn’t working.
“They also explained that, despite his wishes, he would be told to go with whoever was most sick after delivery – whether that was me, Alex or Daisy – and that there was a possibility that he could lose all three of us.”
Both babies were rushed to NICU after being born, where they were placed on CPAP and a jaundice blanket.
Mrs McCann added: “Charlie gave them their first feed, change and quickly learned how to tube feed, test their stomach acidity and check if they were digesting their milk.
“He changed their first nappies in incubators and also gave them their first bath two weeks later in SCBU – all the things you expect to do as a mum.
“Every day he bought me photos and videos, updates from the medical teams and even a copy of their footprints to keep by my bed.
“He spent three weeks between three wards, day and night, never leaving the hospital.”
Both Alex and Daisy have several serious allergies and are still on a special formula every day, along with medication.
Mr McCann down-shifted his workload in order to be at home more, and has never missed a single hospital appointment.