Mum whose son was killed by coldsore falls pregnant with ‘miracle’ baby girl


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Lynsey Drummond, from Motherwell, Lanarkshire, said she is too scared to let people kiss her new miracle baby after her little boy died of cerebral palsy caused by a cold sore

Lynsey lost both her sons, Taylor and Evan to cerebral palsy – but now she is pregnant again

A grief-stricken mum who lost both her sons has shared her joy after falling pregnant over 40 with a “miracle” baby girl.

Lynsey Drummond, 43, was left devastated after losing her sons Evan, 5, and Taylor, 21, who both had cerebral palsy, just three years apart.

Former childcare assistant, Lynsey, became a full time carer for her boys when her second son Evan nearly died as a baby after catching a cold sore.

The Herpes Simplex Virus can be fatal for young babies, who don’t have the immune system to fight it.

Although Evan thankfully survived, he was left with brain damage which caused him to develop cerebral palsy, a condition which affects motor skills and development.

Evan’s older brother Taylor was also born with cerebral palsy after he was born premature at 31 weeks.

As a result of the short life expectancy associated with the condition, Evan lost his battle in 2014 while Taylor passed just three years later in 2017.







Lynsey is 25 weeks pregnant with a ‘miracle’ baby girl
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Lynsey said: “Evan was just 12 days old when the midwife came to check on him and said that he didn’t seem right.

“All babies get that little rash but on his nose and nostrils it was bleeding.

“At first they didn’t know what it was, they thought it might be meningitis but the tests weren’t making sense.

“When they told me they thought it was the cold sore virus I said what are you talking about, I’ve never had a cold sore in my life.

“But then they explained how easily it could have been transferred from someone else without us realising.”







Evan developed cerebral palsy after the virus starved his brain of oxygen
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Lynsey shows off her new bump
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Lynsey will never know for definite where or how Evan contracted HSV and as a result, she is understandably anxious about letting anyone kiss or touch her new baby.

She said: “I’m a nervous wreck to be honest, I’m higher risk because of my age but they are keeping a close eye on me which is reassuring.

But now the mum from Motherwell, Lanarkshire, is looking forward to meeting her first daughter and rainbow baby in July, after falling naturally pregnant with partner, Derek 45.







Evan caught the cold sore virus when he was just 12 days old
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She told The Mirror : “She’s my rainbow baby, she feels like a little miracle.

“I was lost after the boys died because they both needed 24-hour care so I felt like I had no purpose in life, I wasn’t a carer or a mother anymore.

“We weren’t trying and I wasn’t even sure if I wanted another baby but when we fell pregnant we were over the moon.”







The virus left Evan in intensive care for days until doctors were able to save him
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Discussing her fears, Lynsey said: “I’m so worried about people saying oh wow isn’t she beautiful and giving her a wee kiss but I’d like to think that because of Covid people will be more careful these days.

“Most people that know me know that I’m too scared to let anyone kiss her so they wouldn’t do it anyway, but I think it’s always something that will play on the back of my mind.”

But while the fear of the virus will always be there, Lynsey is learning to enjoy the experience of her new pregnancy, and has even got a special name in mind for the baby, chosen by her eldest son.







Taylor and Evan both died as a result of their condition
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She said: “We haven’t told anyone the name, but we do have one in mind and it was technically chosen by Taylor.

“He always said he would adopt a baby one day and this is the name he said he wanted for her, but he never got to do it.

“I know my boys will be looking down on their baby sister and this way apart from them will always be with her.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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