One Born Every Minute - Baby death heartache of Scunthorpe couple to be featured on Channel 4 TV show
A SCUNTHORPE couple whose baby lived for just six days will be the first parents to have their child's death featured on hit Channel 4 show, One Born Every Minute.
Millions of viewers will watch the heartbreaking story of Hayley Jackson and Pete Heseltine, pictured, who lost their son Kaiden to a rare illness.
Doctors in Scunthorpe sent Hayley to Leeds General Infirmary, where the maternity documentary is filmed, so she could receive specialist treatment.
It came after a routine 20-week scan on March 20 last year revealed her unborn baby's heart and stomach were not in the right place. The measure of fluid around his brain was later found to be higher than normal, so Hayley had an amniocentesis test to rule out any other chromosome issues.
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She was told she might need to have an abortion, but decided to continue with the pregnancy.
She was sent to the specialist baby care unit at Leeds General Infirmary for more detailed tests.
In early April, an MRI and echo scan was undertaken and Kaiden was diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH).
The couple have been left devastated by their son's death – but are now determined to raise awareness of the condition. The story of Kaiden's battle will feature on the show on Wednesday, March 27.
Hayley said: "It was heartbreaking at the time. We were by Kaiden's side the whole time."
Kaiden was born at Leeds General Infirmary on July 26, after Hayley was induced.
Within the first 48 hours, he was stable and doctors were considering an operation to help improve his condition. But on the sixth day, doctors told Hayley there was nothing more they could do and at 9pm that night, they had to switch off his machine.
Kaiden died on August 1.
The couple had earlier been approached by Channel 4 in April while they were waiting for a scan in Leeds and agreed shortly afterwards to be filmed.
"They knew from the start that it could go one way or the other," she said.
Hayley said the couple are planning to have another child in the future.
Pete, 25, said: "It was very upsetting at the time, but I had to be strong for Hayley.
"It was a bit weird having the cameras there, because it was not the best experience for them to be filming but we wanted to do it to raise awareness and get the message out there.
"We want to make everyone more aware of CDH."