A mother has revealed how her baby died nearly twice after a pollen allergy caused life-threatening asthma attacks.
Lottie Provis turned blue, lifeless and choked by her own vomit in her bed by her parents Kate (26) and Steve (31) when she was 18 months old in May 2015.
She was given hours to live when doctors could not put her in a medical coma because her airways were too swollen to take the required tube.
Medici finally succeeded in inserting the tube, with Lottie, now five, living in Cardiff, and then spending a week in an induced coma.
Because she thought she was safe, Lottie was sent home, but only a month later a new deadly attack took place. This time the young person spent four weeks in a coma and another two weeks in a children’s ward.
In the following year, Lottie was hospitalized nine times before doctors finally made the connection between her symptoms and the time of year.
She manages her asthma with a steroid inhaler every day of the summer, but is ‘disease free’ come winter.
Lottie Provis (left) turned blue, lifeless and choked in her own vomit in her bed when she was only 18 months old. Doctors gave the younger four hours to live unless they could maneuver a tube through her swollen airways. It worked just in time and she spent a week in a coma (right)
Lottie’s parents Kate and Steve (pictured together) describe the ordeal as ‘absolutely horrible’
Mrs. Provis, a police officer, claims that her husband woke up at 3 o’clock one morning in May 2015 and “instinctively” knew he had to check Lottie.
“He screamed my name,” she told MailOnline. “I ran inside and Lottie was blue. She was also covered with sick and vomiting, which made her choke. “
Looking back, Mrs. Provis believes that her husband – who works in a chemical plant – might have been awakened by the sound of their daughter’s gagging.
As her husband panicked, Mrs. Provis – who is also the mother of seven-month-old Florence – knew that she had to stay calm.
“I went somewhere else,” she said. “I knew I had to call 999. I sang the Barney theme song and tried to wake her up, but her eyes rolled back. “
Paramedics arrived in minutes and gave Lottie oxygen and a nebulizer – a device that allows asthma patients to breathe in a mist of medication to open their airways.
“They told me to keep talking to her because she responded to my voice,” Mrs. Provis said. “It was absolutely terrible. It was the worst thing I have ever experienced. “
Lottie’s father ‘instinctively’ woke up at 3 o’clock in the night of the ordeal and knew that he had to check his then baby daughter (left). She still needs nebulizers to open her airways (right)
After she was “recovered” from her first episode, Lottie was sent home, turning blue again a month later. This time she spent four weeks in an induced coma and another two in a children’s ward
Lottie’s parents noticed that she suffered from serious breast infections in the summer, but was fine in the winter. However, it took doctors more than a year to diagnose her with seasonal asthma
WHAT IS ASTMA?
Asthma is a common but incurable condition that affects the small tubes in the lungs.
It can cause them to become inflamed or swell, which limits the airways and makes it harder to breathe.
The condition affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood. Symptoms may improve or even disappear as children get older, but may return to adulthood.
Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, tight chest and cough, and these can get worse during an asthma attack.
Treatment usually includes medication that is inhaled to calm the lungs.
Triggers for the condition are allergies, dust, air pollution, exercise and infections such as the cold or flu.
If you think you or your child have asthma, you should see a doctor, as this can develop into more serious complications such as fatigue or lung infections.
Lottie was rushed to Wales University Hospital (UHW), Cardiff, where it went from bad to worse.
“Doctors said she had to put a tube in her throat to put her in an induced coma,” Mrs. Provis said.
“But her windpipe had closed because of her asthma.”
Mrs. Provis found out later that her doctors had given Lottie only four hours to live.
“I’m so happy I didn’t know that then,” Mrs. Provis said.
Fortunately, a specialized doctor was called in and managed to maneuver the tube along her airways.
After more than 24 hours in the hospital, the parents were sent home the following evening and had to sleep.
But instead of having time to relax, the couple was awakened at night with more devastating news.
“At 3 o’clock in the morning it was called that Lottie needed emergency surgery to remove the” slurry “from her lungs as they collapsed completely,” Mrs. Provis told MailOnline.
“It felt like a haze. The whole situation was unimaginable. ”
The operation was performed while the young person was in an induced coma, where she stayed for a week.
Lottie then suffered a further setback when she had an allergic reaction to her morphine, leaving her in hospital for another seven days.
Mrs. Provis (pictured on the left with Lottie as a baby) “fears the summer” and worries what might happen if she isn’t there. The young person (pictured on the right with her father) is in school and ‘doing well’
Convinced that the worst was over, the parents were finally allowed to take Lottie home, but they had to keep an eye on her.
During a vacation to Center Parcs a month later, the family sang in the car when Mrs. Provis noticed that her daughter was unusually quiet.
“I looked back and she had turned blue again,” she said.
Lottie was taken back to UHW, where doctors revealed that she had not been in a coma long enough to recover from her last episode.
The young person was therefore induced again, this time for four weeks, before spending another two weeks in a children’s ward.
Doctors initially thought that Lottie has cystic fibrosis, but the tests clearly returned.
Confused about what caused her symptoms, doctors prescribed the younger steroid tablets and antibiotics for the following year. However, she still went back to the hospital nine times.
It wasn’t until 2016 that doctors made the connection between Lottie’s symptoms and the time of year, pointing out to her parents that she flared up in the summer.
The youngster was diagnosed with seasonal asthma, which she controls every day in the summer with a steroid inhaler, but does not need it in the winter.
Since the ordeal, Lottie has become a big sister of seven-month-old Florence (pictured left). The family is pictured while enjoying a break at Disneyland Paris
Although Lottie’s condition is under control, Mrs. Provis admits that she “fears the summer.”
“I just think what could happen,” she said. “She’s in school and doing very well, but I’m always worried about what might happen if I’m not there.”
Mrs. Provis spoke out to raise awareness of her daughter’s condition. “I’ve seen how terrible asthma can be,” she said.
“It’s not just a cold, it’s a serious business.”
Provis is running the London Marathon this year hoping to raise £ 1,800 for Asthma UK.
Write on his JustGiving page, he said: ‘Without the help of both the children’s department of Cardiff Heath Hospital and Asthma UK, we would not have our daughter with us today.
“I would like to politely ask you to help me raise money for this fantastic goal and save more lives as they did with my daughter.”