Thanks to an advanced ultrasound scanner provided by Leeds Hospitals Charity, mum Jemma Hobbs has all three of her healthy triplets safe at home.

The 35-year-old from Ossett was referred to Leeds General Infirmary when early scans showed she and her husband Tony were expecting triplets. Doctors were then able to use a new diagnostic scanner that can provide more accurate ultrasounds and helps to identify any fetal growth restrictions.

At around 22 weeks, doctors at Leeds noticed one of Jemma’s triplets was much smaller than the other two and seemed to be growing at a slower rate. This detailed scan meant staff increased the number of appointments Jemma was having and put her and her babies under closer observation.

After regular appointments for several more weeks, Jemma and Tony’s triplets were then delivered early after just 32 weeks of pregnancy, for the benefit of both her and her children.

Welcoming the triplets

Jemma is now a busy mum to three new healthy boys; Harry, Oscar and Oliver who have made her first child Freddie a very proud older brother! She said the care at the Leeds Fetal Medicine Unit was second to none:

“It’s very daunting to be told you’re going to have triplets, and even scarier to hear that one of them isn’t growing properly and might not survive the pregnancy. The team at Leeds were brilliant and really reassured me throughout.

“I didn’t know the scanner that had been used was funded by charity until after my babies were born. It’s amazing to know there’s technology out there that can not only check heartbeats but measure growth in such detail. I’m really grateful to everyone who raised the money to buy the machine.”

The ultrasound scanner was funded last year by money raised at the Yorkshire Charity Clay Days, held annually at Duncombe Park. Leeds Hospitals Charity, the charity for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, was one of the event’s chosen charities. It’s estimated that every year, around 2,000 mothers and babies from across Yorkshire will benefit from the new scanner.

Denise Barnes, Fetal Medicine Specialist at the LGI said, “We are very proud of the service we offer to women and their families from across our region and strive to constantly improve the care and support they receive. Families are often extremely anxious at having to attend our department due to the potential problems identified. The new scanner has provided an extra level of detail that inspires confidence and reassurance, not just for the families but our Consultants and Midwives as well.”