Meet our Little Hero award winner 9-month-old Sean Rogers from Mayo!
Little Hero Seán was born prematurely last July at 30 weeks gestation. He spent his first 49 days in hospital between the NICU in Holles Street Dublin and the Special Care Baby Unit in Castlebar. Since leaving hospital, Seán attended many different classes, such as massage and yoga however they didn’t work out as Seán became anxious and overwhelmed in groups of people.
Mum Jennifer Dwyer said “I think it was just a case of sensory overload for him. I ended up just not going out with him at all unless we absolutely had to, as he just found it too stressful.”
Jennifer then decided to bring Sean to Water Babies in Breaffy House Hotel and Spa, fully expecting him to react the same way however it is literally the ONLY thing he liked doing outside of his own home. Since starting in November, Seán has come on leaps and bounds as a result of swimming, both physically and developmentally. He amazes me every week with what he is capable of. Seán couldn’t hold his head up in the swim position at the start but is doing great at it now. He has even begun to smile in the pool in the last few weeks, which is a massive milestone for him in such a busy setting. Water Babies has been an absolute life saver for us both as we finally have something we can do and bond over together. It also gets me out of the house and meeting other mammies, which I have otherwise not been able to do. Swimming has greatly improved both of our lives so thank you so much for the work that you do and for helping us. We can’t wait for Chapter 2.”
Well done to Sean!