Leanne Nellis

Maisies Hope

Fundraising for South Tees Hospitals Charity
raised of £60,000 target
Participants: Maisie Hope Nellis
We enhance NHS services and improve care to benefit users of South Tees Hospitals


First a little about Maisie she was born October 5th 2011 one day past her due date, weighed 5lb 13oz.

Maisie like many other babies born throughout the world had the chord wrapped around her neck, however in Maisies case the chord was wrapped too tight meaning that not enough blood was being pumped around her body and not enough oxygen was getting to her little brain.

After a good fight and a few scares Maisie was rushed to the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit at james cook university hospital, where she was looked after by the most dedicated, caring and amazing team of doctors and nurses, who we will never be able to thank enough for the care and attention they gave to Maisie 24hrs a day.

Maisie was placed on a special hi tech cooling mat which lowers and controls the body's core temperature by around 2.5 degrees C for 72 hours. This is proven to radically reduce the deterioration of the body's cells especially from the brain, meaning any damage sustained through lack of oxygen shouldnt get any worse. The body is an amazing thing, and all of Maisies major organs, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys would in time, of repaired themselves. However the damage sustained before she was placed on the cooling mat Tragically for Maisie was too severe, but she fought on bravely for 4 days and nights. But on Oct 9th she silently and peacefully slipped away from us all.
Those four days where both the happiest and most heartbreaking days of our lives but we got to be with our beautiful girl throughout and for that we are eternally gratefull.
There are only a few of these cooling mats available in the north east and our aim is to supply a second mat to the James Cook University Hospital neonatal ward. Although this isnt a happy ending for us it could be for another family.
So please dig deep and donate now, this is such a worth while cause and will give HOPE to so many parents that their child survives such a trauma.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Maisie Hope, Mummy and Daddy xx



About the charity

We are the official charity of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, helping our NHS go further at The James Cook University Hospital, Friarage Hospital and community health services across Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Hambleton & Richmondshire. We help our local NHS go further!

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