Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Mother's Day Thank You for Our Little Miracles

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Mother's Day Thank You for Our Little Miracles

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Byline: Craig Thompson Health Reporter

MUMS of premature babies met to mark Mother's Day on the hospital unit that saved their children's lives.

Parents of patients past and present gathered at the Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Inrmary to share their incredible stories of survival.

It was also a chance to the mums to say thank you to sta- on the ward who supported them as their children fought for life.

Anna Etchells, 36, of Tynemouth, spent her rst Mother's Day in the unit where son Charlie is recovering after being born eight weeks premature.

Tiny Charlie arrived in the world weighing just 2lb 6oz and was whisked o- to the unit where, at just eight days old, he had to undergo surgery on his bowel.

Fortunately, the youngster is now making a good recovery and putting on weight under the watchful eye of Anna and dad Mark Boxhall, 36.

Anna said: "It was a big shock because I'd had the best pregnancy with no problems at all.

"en, out of the blue, I su-ered eclampsia and needed an emergency Caesarean section at Wansbeck General before we were transferred over here."

" Anna said she could not praise the st- on the unit enough for their care of Charlie.

She said: "Claire Campbell, a sister on the ward, was incredible - she saved Charlie's life.

"ey really are special people and this is a special place.

Mum Hannah Shepherd was returning to the unit for Mother's Day with six-month-old son Alexander who had spent three weeks on the ward after he was born early.

Hannah, of Wallsend, said: "I gave birth to Alexander eight weeks early and he arrived weighing just 4lbs 4oz.

"He needed to be fed through a tube to begin with, but the sta- were incredible and helped me so much.

"I suppose this is an unusual way to spend Mother's Day, but it was nice to come back and see everyone and let them see how well Alexander is now."

Ward sister Claire Campbell organised the party and keeps in touch with former mums from the ward after setting up a special Buddy Group which allows parents of premature children to support each other and share their experiences. …

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