Miracle baby turns one!
Premature birth can leave a devastating impact on families as well as babies, we want to highlight awareness of some of the little miracles that have been born across Good Hope Hospital and Heartlands Hospital and how you can help to support babies just like them.
Each year over 11,000 babies are welcomed into the world across Heartlands Hospital and Good Hope Hospital. Sadly, 800 of these babies will require the support of the Neonatal Unit. Some babies are born up to four months early, and can weigh less than a bag of sugar, babies like Haris Mockbill.
Haris was born at 24 weeks and three days, weighing just 1lbs 10oz and was cared for on the Neonatal Unit for the first 94 days of his life. His Mum, Ellie said: “The unit saved our son’s life. We were very lucky and appreciate everything that the staff did for Haris. The unit took time for us as a family, and guided us through our journey every step of the way.
“The staff are amazing and took their time to get to know us as a family. We wanted to share his story to help other families out there. The neonatal unit will always be a part of our lives.”
Ellie and Hassan would like to also thank the Neonatal Community Outreach Team, they said: "The team made it possible for us to bring our little man home with the amazing care & support they provided.”
Haris is certainly the picture of health today; he has defied all expectations and has recently celebrated his 1st birthday. His Mum, Ellie and Dad, Hassan wanted to raise awareness of the fast-approaching World Prematurity Day and also praise the Neonatal Unit at Heartlands Hospital for the exceptional treatment that their son received. Ellie said: “We wanted to share Haris’ story to give hope to other parents and spread awareness about the hospital charity’s Incubator Appeal and how people can get involved to help."
Neonatal babies will almost always need the assistance of a specialist incubator to help monitor progress, keep babies away from infection and help with their respiratory. With your help the hospital charity will be able to provide these incubators to babies just like Haris.
To raise funds towards such an important appeal, the hospital charity is appealing for fundraisers to host their own Prematuri-tea. By hosting your very own Prematuri-tea party you will actively help to raise funds that will buy life-saving equipment that the NHS simply cannot fund. Let’s make a brew or two and munch on some delicious cakes all for our tiny patients! For more information, please visit: hospitalcharity.org/shop/product/prematuri-tea-2019
Please email: Sabrina.Hussaine@uhb.nhs.uk to receive your free fundraising pack today.