Couple struggling to afford hospital trips to visit seriously ill newborn son


Ryan Daines and Chelsea Soffe’s son was born two and a half months ago by emergency C-section, after doctors had told them to terminate the pregnancy several times

New Parents Ryan Daines and Chelsea Soffe
New parents Ryan Daines and Chelsea Soffe are desperate to see their baby son who is fighting for his life in hospital

A couple are struggling with fear, sadness, exhaustion and debt as their baby is fighting for his life in hospital – and they can’t even see him.

Ryan Daines and Chelsea Soffe, from Doncaster, became new parents two and a half months ago when their son was born by emergency C-section.

The couple had been told by doctors to terminate the pregnancy several times, including when Chelsea’s waters broke at just 20 weeks, reports Yorkshire Live.

Ryan, 28, said: “All the way through it we had doctors telling us we need to terminate, we need to get rid, take a tablet.

“And we were so ready for it at one point because we thought there was no light at the end of the tunnel but thank God we didn’t, we thought no he deserves a chance and now, obviously, he’s here and fighting for his life every day.”

Chelsea was rushed to hospital with sepsis and Deacon has suffered two bleeds on the brain, a punctured lung, numerous infections, including sepsis, as well as being diagnosed with chronic lung disease

Chelsea, 25, was rushed to hospital in Sheffield with sepsis, and Deacon has suffered two bleeds on the brain, a punctured lung, numerous infections, including sepsis, as well as being diagnosed with chronic lung disease.

“The only way I can describe it is like a rollercoaster,” said Ryan.

“You have some ups, a lot of downs and sometimes you feel upside down. It’s so draining of everything you’ve got, emotionally, physically and financially.”

Chelsea has been on maternity leave, while Ryan has taken time away from his job in a prison to care for his family.

He explained that he is unable to use his phone in the prison and so needed to be on call when his partner’s and son’s lives were in the balance.

He said: “You’re talking four hours for an ambulance because of Covid and how busy they are, what are the chances of my son surviving if that was the situation?

Chelsea has been on maternity leave, while Ryan has taken time away from his job in a prison to care for his family

“So I had to take time off work somehow to look after my missus and the well-being of my son.

“And thank God I did because she was rushed into hospital for an emergency C-section because her feet were hanging out.”

Deacon is currently being cared for in Scunthorpe General Hospital, which is 20 minutes closer to the couple’s home than Hull where he was previously.

But it is still around an hour’s trip for Ryan and Chelsea to visit Deacon, which they are determined they will do every day. As a result, money is becoming tighter and tighter.

As neither of them is claiming benefits, they have found it impossible to gain access to various grants or charity help.

This has left Ryan in the painful position of reluctantly having to set up a GoFundMe Page to help his family.

“It’s hard to mentally do it but I had to swallow my pride and think about what’s best for my family,” he explained.

“I could actually stay off work for quite a long period of time and not get paid. How’s my mortgage going to be paid, how are my bills going to be paid, that’s the last thing I need to be thinking about right now, I I need to be with my wife and my son who is fighting for life in hospital.

“The support we’ve got has meant the absolute world to us, it’s been quite overwhelming. People I haven’t spoken to in years have come forward and our families have been incredible.”

You can contribute to Ryan’s Go Fund Me here.




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