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Lucy Mecklenburgh gives fans an update on her two-year-old son's health


Lucy Mecklenburgh has updated fans on her son Roman’s health, revealing he has fluid in his lungs. 

The reality star, who is expecting her second child with fiancé Ryan Thomas, previously told how their little boy spent a week in intensive care last September after Lucy found the two-year-old ‘blue in his cot.’ 

Even though Lucy, 30, and Ryan, 37, were allowed to take him home a week after he was admitted, Roman has since been having regular check-ups, and the latest results on Friday flagged that fluid has been entering the tot’s lungs whenever he drinks. 

'I'm sad for Roman': Lucy Mecklenburgh gave fans an update on her two-year-old son's health over the weekend - which comes after she found him 'blue in his cot' last year (pictured with fiancé Ryan Thomas March 2022)

‘I’m sad for Roman’: Lucy Mecklenburgh gave fans an update on her two-year-old son’s health over the weekend – which comes after she found him ‘blue in his cot’ last year (pictured with fiancé Ryan Thomas March 2022)

Taking to her Instagram Story, the former TOWIE star explained that specialists had reached this diagnosis after conducting a videofluoroscopy – which is a moving X-ray examination of swallowing.  

‘It was to check that there wasn’t any fluid when he drinks going down the wrong way and into his lungs.

‘I honestly thought that it wasn’t going to show that, so I kept my day’s work in and he went with Ryan.

‘I like to be at all the appointments but Ryan rang me and said it was showing there is fluid going into his lungs,’ she explained.

Brave: The reality star, 30, previously told how their little boy spent a week in intensive care last September after Lucy found the two-year-old 'blue in his cot'

Brave: The reality star, 30, previously told how their little boy spent a week in intensive care last September after Lucy found the two-year-old ‘blue in his cot’

Admitting it was a conclusion she felt ‘really weird about’, she continued: ‘I’m sad for Roman. Now, from Monday, when we pick up the thickener, he can’t have any thin fluids for quite a long time – potentially years.

‘So no lollies and ice-creams, no water or juice. Everything has to be a really thick consistency to stop it entering his lungs.

‘But we have an answer. Maybe it’s not the full picture, I don’t know yet because we’ve not seen his consultant, but it’s something.’

If too much fluid builds up and presses on the lung it can be difficult for the lung to expand fully. In some situations, part, or all, of the lung will collapse. 

Family: Since his spell in hospital, Roman has since been having regular check-ups, and the latest results on Friday flagged that fluid has been entering the tot's lungs whenever he drinks (pictured May 2020)

Family: Since his spell in hospital, Roman has since been having regular check-ups, and the latest results on Friday flagged that fluid has been entering the tot’s lungs whenever he drinks (pictured May 2020)

She concluded: ‘It’s a step forward and is something we can deal with and is something that will hopefully stop him getting so sick. It’s a positive in a way, because we’ve got a little bit closer to the answer.’ 

This is not the first time Lucy has provided a candid health update as last November, Lucy broke down in tears as she reflected on her son Roman’s terrifying stint in hospital.  

Speaking on the Sweat, Snot & Tears podcast Lucy said: ‘I heard sort of grumbles at 3am and like I think we all do, if they’re not sounding like it’s a big scream and they’re in pain, you think, “Oh well they’re just having a little dream.”

Statement: This is not the first time Lucy has provided a candid health update as last November, Lucy broke down in tears as she reflected on her son Roman's terrifying stint in hospital

Statement: This is not the first time Lucy has provided a candid health update as last November, Lucy broke down in tears as she reflected on her son Roman’s terrifying stint in hospital

She revealed that when she checked the baby monitor an hour later that something ‘didn’t feel right’:  

‘He was moving very slowly, side to side, and I thought, “This doesn’t feel right and I want to go and see him.”   

It was then when she found Roman ‘blue in his cot’ and he was rushed to Basildon Hospital and St Mary’s in London. 

Speaking about the staff, Lucy got emotional as she said: ‘They absolutely were wonderful and I need to thank them and the ambulance service for arriving so promptly, for keeping my son here and it’s quite emotional actually, talking about that.’

Her son was diagnosed with a ‘viral induced wheeze’ and now requires an inhaler twice a day.   

She added: ‘I don’t know this for a fact, but Roman was born ten days before Covid and because he was kept so isolated – literally isolated for six months – he didn’t have the chance to fight off viruses.

‘When he was in hospital, the test came back that he had six viruses, so what looked to me as a snotty nose was six viruses, so that’s what his little body was having to fight and that’s potentially why he was so poorly and got to the stage of needing a ventilator. 

‘But it does make you think, if he had been in a normal world at the beginning, would he have been able to fight those viruses.’   

Giving back: Lucy said the experience has made her want to get involved with charities for sick children and the hospital where Roman was taken

Giving back: Lucy said the experience has made her want to get involved with charities for sick children and the hospital where Roman was taken

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