On 5th August 2015 at 11.43am, our son was born.
He weighed 6lb 14oz.
On 6th August 2015 at 2.24pm, our son passed away.
We named him Albie Waller.
He was delivered two and a half weeks early via emergency c-section, but when he was born he showed 'very little sign of life'; unable to breathe and very swollen.
The doctors told us that Albie was extremely poorly and that he had a huge struggle ahead of him to survive.
He needed specialist care - something that could only be provided by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Luton & Dunstable Hospital.
He was transferred there and hooked up to a number of machines - including one that would breathe for him.
It was clear just how poorly Albie was - the specialist consultants spent hours scanning, testing and monitoring him. Unfortunately, he was deteriorating fast.
The consultant sat us down and told us what any parent dreads to hear.
He told us that Albie wasn't going to survive.
Albie was in the world for just 26 & a half hours.. only one of those was spent in our arms.
The care that Albie received by the staff in the NICU was second to none. The staff were gentle and understanding, yet straightforward and honest. They didn't hide the severity of the situation from us at any point - something that we appreciated in the moment.
We now want to honour Albie's memory by helping other babies and families that find themselves in similar situations. We want to help them benefit from the care that this amazing team can provide.
Please help us in raising as much money as possible for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Luton & Dunstable Hospital.
They are extending their department to cater for more machinery and cots to help save the lives of premature and severely ill full term babies (please see details below on their plans).
Thank you for your support,
Kevin & Stacey.
Rest in peace Albie, our baby angel x
* Information about NICU at L&D Hospital *
Every year the Luton and Dunstable Hospital’s (L&D) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) treats over 900 premature and critically ill full-term babies. They offer the highest level of neonatal intensive care possible and are one of only three high-level neonatal units in the East of England.
The Luton and DunstableHospital is building a new, bigger unit with more cots and better facilities to help treat even more babies.
This new state-of-the-art facility will feature leading edge technology and accommodate up to 46 cots.
It will also include much needed facilities for parents who want to stay close to their baby, including overnight accommodation, a breast-feeding room and two family rooms. These facilities will allow the NICU team to support parents more effectively whilst their baby is poorly and also when preparing them to take their baby home.
Fundraising for The Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund
We fund enhancements and added extras to make our patients stay more comfortable
Charity Registration No. 1058704