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On 5th October 2014 when I was 24 weeks pregnant with my second child, my waters prematurely broke. A condition called Preterm Premature Rupture Of Membranes (PPROM) It was not something I had ever heard of before, but immediately became something I would never forget.
My baby hung on inside for a further 5 weeks until 11th November 2014 when he decided his time was now and he made his entrance into the world at the RVI in Newcastle. All 3lb 5oz of him. Archie Jospeh Kerr. A tiny, yet perfectly formed miracle.
He was whisked off to Neonatal Intensive Care where he suffered a haemorrhage on his brain, had a blood transfusion and had to be intubated. He was poorly. But he was strong. Far stronger than me. He fought infection and he came off the ventilator and onto CPAP. He grew, he got stronger and he then he had his mask removed and he 'hatched' to a normal hospital cot at University Hospital North Durham. He amazed us every day and continues to do so. 7 weeks he spent in hospital with us by his bedside. Tiny Lives helped us enormously through what was an extremely difficult time. They deserve recognition, support and thanks. We owe them a lot.
40% of premature births are caused by PPROM. We were one of the lucky families.. Sadly some aren't so lucky. I am running the Great North Run to raise awareness of this condition and hopefully a little bit of money towards the work Tiny Lives do to suppport families of premature and sick babies through what is a very difficult time. They are angels that walk amongst us.
Thank you for any help you can give.