A personal message about our Grandson from Erica and Richard

Many people know that our daughter Emma and her partner, John were expecting a baby on 24 December. We have been been getting so many requests for information that we wanted to tell everyone what is happening.

Our grandson, Jonah was born on 2 January at 4.24. p.m. weighing a healthy 7lb 12 ozs. Unfortunately he is a very poorly little boy and is suffering from a diaphragmatic hernia. This means that part of his bowel is pressing on his lung. Since he was born he has been in the neonatal unit at the Women’s Hospital. Emma has been able to wash him and hopefully today give him the cuddle that she has been waiting to give since last Thursday.

Jonah on the day eh was born

Jonah on the day he was born

Eva, our granddaughter loves him already. She even voluntarily washes her hands so she can stroke him and John is pleased as punch with another LFC supporter.

Next week he will be transferred to Alder Hey for an operation for which there is an 85% survival rate and we are hopeful because he is a relatively big and strong child.

All of us would like to place on record our thanks to the dedication and professionalism of the staff at the Women’s Hospital. The fact that Jonah has a fighting chance for life is because of that and an instinct from staff that although the readings were right prior to his birth something was wrong. Their quick decision to take Emma to theatre saved his life as they were able to resuscitate him within minutes.

We are lucky that any child with this condition in the North of England would be now be where Jonah is and being prepared for transfer to Alder Hey. For both venues they are just round the corner from where we live and more importantly where Emma and John live.

As you might expect neither of us will be doing any council or other work for at least the next two weeks. Our thoughts and actions must be internally and family focused for at least that time.

The Deputy Leader Cllr Morrison, Tom.morrison@liverpool.gov.uk will look after city-wide issues supported by our head of office, Rachelle Nield at Rachelle.nield@liverpool.gov.uk. Our work in Church ward will be looked after by Tom and Andrew Makinson at Andrew.makinson@liverlibdems.org.uk.

Finally thank you to all who have supported us over the last few days. We hope that our next update will be to tell you that Jonah has safely had his operation. In the meantime I hope you will excuse us if we don’t respond to the tsunami of best wishes and thoughts with which we have been overwhelmed in the past few days.

Kind regards and thanks from Erica and Richard.


About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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5 Responses to A personal message about our Grandson from Erica and Richard

  1. liberalsadie says:

    Sounds as though Hospital staff have been brilliant. Hopes and prayers for the next part. Born into a great family.

  2. joedd says:

    Best Wishes to you and yours – Audrey O’Keefe & Family

  3. caronlindsay says:

    Very best wishes to you, Jonah and all the family. Horrifically stressful for you all. Will be thinking of you.

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