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Weʼre raising £200 to fund St Mary's NICU

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I am running the Liverpool Marathon for St Mary's NICU as a thank you to them for saving the lives of our girls.

On 19th March 2017, we stared at two tiny blobs on a grainy screen.   The mix of emotions was indescribable,  but  best  summed  up  in  two  words:   sheer  panic. 

We  had  our  first  NHS  scan  in  April  and  the  same  emotion  prevailed.   It  was  during  this  scan  that  one  of  the  babies  was  found  to  be  a  lot smaller  than  expected.   We  were  referred  to  a  specialist  consultant  at  St  Mary's  hospital  with  suspected  Twin  to  Twin  Transfusion  Syndrome.   The  next  4  months  were  a  blur  of  scans,  measurements,  sickness  and  terror.   There  is  no  way  to  express  the  fear  of  knowing  you  may  lose  your babies;  the  sadness  at  not  being  able  to  be  excited  about  their  arrival  and  the  agony  of  having  to  hide  this  on  a  daily  basis  and  continue  looking  after  your  other  child.

On  16th  August  2017  we  went  for  another  scan.   The  amniotic  fluid  had  increased  to  dangerous  levels:  over   3  litres  and  the  bigger  baby  was  going  into  heart  failure.   At  30  weeks  and  6  days  I  had  an  emergency  C  section  and  our  beautiful  warriors  were  born.

Immediately,  our  girls  were  rushed  off  to  NICU  where  they  spent  the  first  month  of  their  lives  before  being  transferred  to  Stepping  Hill.   Only  parents  who  have  been  through  this  could  ever  truly  understand  the  pain  of  seeing  your  tiny,  tiny  babies  covered  in  wires  and  enclosed  in  plastic  boxes.   Every  parent  of  a  new  born  is  afraid ,  but  this  is  a  whole  new  level  of  terror.  

The  nurses  on  the  unit  made  this  bearable.   Patiently  answered  all  enquiries ,  gave  love,  support  and  hugs.  Looked  after  our  babies  when  we  could  not.   The  constant beeping of the machines was scary, but reassuring, we knew this equipment was keeping our girls alive.

The  journey  was  long  and  dark  and  frightening.   Sofia  had  sepsis  and  Valentina  had  to  have  an  operation  before  her  due  date.   But,  because  of  the  amazing  work  of  the  staff  at  St  Mary's ,  our  babies  survived  and  thrived.  

This  story  is  about  fear,  but  more  than  that  it  is  about  hope  and  gratitude.   I  am  running  for  St  Mary's ;  for  the doctors  and  nurses;  for  the  other  parents;  for the machines and the medications.  I  am  running  for  my  babies  and  for  all  the  babies  who  were  there  at  the  same  time; for those who got to go home and those who  didn't;  for  all  the  other  babies  in  the  NICU  past, present  and  future.   You  are   all  warriors.    

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    • Carol Tinsley

      Carol Tinsley

      Mar 17, 2019

      Good luck Charlotte. Best wishes to you and your lovely family.

      £20.00

    • Roger Warwick

      Roger Warwick

      Mar 4, 2019

      From Roger & Barbara Warwick

      £75.00

    • Kim and Andrew Parish

      Kim and Andrew Parish

      Feb 28, 2019

      £100.00

    • Kathleen Parish

      Kathleen Parish

      Feb 26, 2019

      All the family is so grateful to St Mary's NICU for saving our babies. Charlotte, it will be your legs that will be doing the running but our hearts and souls will be with you every step of the way!!

      £50.00

    • Andrea Radcliffe

      Andrea Radcliffe

      Feb 26, 2019

      Good luck Charlotte, what an amazing thing to do! xx

      £25.00

    • Elizabeth Evans

      Elizabeth Evans

      Feb 25, 2019

      Good luck. My daughter ran this last year. And it's a very worthy cause. Xx

      £20.00

    • Denise Dawber

      Denise Dawber

      Feb 25, 2019

      £10.00

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