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    Weʼve raised £1,640 to Support SCIPS Special Care Infant Parent Support, University Hospital of Wales. Cardiff for Premature & very sick babies

    Funded on Wednesday, 21st November 2018

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    This cause is very close to my heart please read the story below from a very close friend.

    At 32 weeks gestation following a placenta abruption on 15th January 2018 our baby was born 8 weeks early and delivered by emergency caesarean section and transferred to the Special Care Baby Unit in Glangwili, ‘it’s a girl’, baby Keira weighed just 3lb 11oz. When Keira was just 11 days old she took a turn for the worse and became poorly, they initially thought it was Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), she was ventilated and started on antibiotics and the next day transferred to the University Hospital of Wales Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she could be assessed by the Surgeons. This is the only centre in Wales with a Neonatal Surgical Unit and we were extremely lucky to get a bed on this very busy ward. Following further investigations Keira was diagnosed with staphylococcus aureus sepsis, the origin of which was never found so as a precaution she was to be treated with antibiotics for 28 days, Keira started to respond to the antibiotics quite quickly and within 4 days there was a marked improvement in her health. With such tiny hands and feet and veins it was not easy for Keira’s body to maintain a cannula as her veins would tissue regularly and they would then have to find another site to administer her fluids and antibiotics. Following multiple tissued cannulas a decision was made to insert a long line to carry her through to the end of her course of antibiotics.

    Keira spent a total of 25 days at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), this time was extremely emotional and it’s difficult to put in to words how you’re all of a sudden living your life by the minute because it was impossible to think beyond that moment, things would deteriorate extremely quickly but then improve just as quick. My mind was never at ease wondering what will become of our tiny little baby who came in to the world too soon and too vulnerable and who is now poorly fighting for her life, wondering would she respond to treatment, would we ever get to take our baby girl home, it was hard to stay positive at such a fragile time. The staff at the Unit were phenomenal, amiable, compassionate, considerate, diligent, empathetic, impartial, sympathetic, professional, I could go on and on. Not only were they trained to look after such tiny little poorly babies but they were tuned in to the wellbeing of the mums and dads too, monitoring how they were coping and the smallest sign of upset or worry would be immediately treated with support, comfort and understanding.

    SCIPS – supporting parents and families of special care babies.

    Registered charity number 511056

    The charity was set up in the 1980’s by staff members and keen parents who wanted ‘to give something back’, with the aim being to raise funds to help contribute to the care of very sick or premature babies and to provide a support network to the parents.



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      • Kelly Cregg

        Kelly Cregg

        Sep 17, 2018

        Thank you Julia for the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful cause! Sending our love! Kelly, Ferdi and Luca


      • Vicky Innes

        Vicky Innes

        Aug 22, 2018

        Well done Julia! A super cause x


      • Louise Doyle

        Louise Doyle

        Aug 17, 2018

        Congratulations Julia on a huge ride for such a worthwhile cause.


      • D Jones

        D Jones

        Aug 14, 2018


      • Judith Roach

        Judith Roach

        Aug 13, 2018

        Good luck xxx


      • Luke


        Aug 12, 2018


      • Pauline @ Craig

        Pauline @ Craig

        Aug 12, 2018


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      Julia Maher

      Julia Maher

      I am going to cycle a very hilly 50 miles to St David’s from Haverfordwest to raise money for this incredible charity.

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