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World Preamturity day 2020: A big light for our littlest patients

18 Nov 2020 20:38:01
jack group pic

A light was shone on Rotherham Hospital this week as families and healthcare professionals came together to celebrate World Prematurity Day on 17 November.

To put the event on the map, kind-hearted company LensGo Visual Media and Charlie Redfern of CFR Group LTD lit the hospital in vivid purple – the colour of World Prematurity Day. You can see their glowing efforts here. https://youtu.be/L0uEiVK_Trc

The Trust’s social media pages were inundated with parents wanting to share stories of their babies born early and how they have grown. You can read a some of these over on the Trust’s website and many more on our Facebook feed.

Little Jack Morris was born 9 weeks and 3 days early and his mum, Chelsea, shared her thanks to the Trust’s teams: “I can’t praise the staff enough. From the midwives keeping me calm, doctors and nurses in delivery for caring for Jack until he met his super hero nurses on SCBU. Even the ward assistants gave me support when I needed it.

“Jack will be two in January and he is now a very mischievous little boy! Plenty of personality and cheeky smiles! My time spent on SCBU has changed me as a person, I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for all the staff.”

Kathryn Parke, SCBU Ward Manager said: “The families we see and support on our Special Care Baby Unit really do hold a special place in our hearts. We get to know them so incredibly well and we take pride in celebrating their milestones alongside them.

“It has been humbling this week to read and hear stories of babies who have spent time in our care and lovely to see how they have grown! It is important to recognise that not every story has a happy ending and that experiencing premature birth can be an incredibly emotional and anxious time – events such as World Prematurity Day help us to raise much needed awareness. It is inspiring to see the strength and hope shown by our SCBU families and to be a part of their stories.”

Baby charity Bliss gets behind World Prematurity Day annually and they offer updates, support and advice on their website: https://www.bliss.org.uk/.