The lucky Mcluckies
By Sister Janice Barnard
In 2009, we heard that another cystic patient of ours was pregnant. Roxanne Botha and Shane Mcluckie were going to become parents. They’d planned this child for almost two years. Roxanne was admitted to hospital on April 8th 2010, 38 weeks’ pregnant. No caesarean this time. All the signs pointed to a normal delivery.
The labour ward midwives were outstanding, trudging backwards and forwards between their ward and 496 to check mother and baby-to-be twice a day. All was well and they even suggested we deliver Kevin – that was to be the baby’s name – in the ward.
On April 14th, the labour ward sisters came up in the early evening for the usual monitoring. They discovered that Roxanne was not having contractions but the baby’s heartbeat was decelerating. They explained in English that the baby needed to be delivered by caesarean immediately, but that everything was okay. Speaking among themselves in their own language, they said the baby was in trouble. They didn’t realise Shane understood them but he remained calm to support Roxanne.
So it was another dash to the caesarean clinic. At 20h18 that night Roxanne and Shane were blessed with the safe arrival of Kevin Jaden Mcluckie, weighing in at 3.2kg. Mother and baby were transferred back to 496 immediately after the delivery, and discharged two days later with Shane, to begin family life together.