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On September the 8th 2009 our first daughter, Chloe Elizabeth Tate came into our lives. Sadly on the 11th September after a very brave battle, she passed away. She had been born with a condition called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia which affects around 5000 babies every year, sadly 50% of babies with the condition do not survive. It occurs in utero at around 6-8 weeks. The diaphragm, which is the sheet of muscle seperating the abdomen and the chest, fails to form correctly leaving a hole which allows the abdominal organs to pass into the chest cavity thus restricting lung devlopment. The condition can be operated on after the baby is born but if the lungs have not developed enough then the baby will not survive. Sadly our daughter only developed half of one lung and was not strong enough for surgery.
We feel blessed to have had three days with our daughter and now want to create something positive. We plan to establish 'SMILE - The Chloe Tate Foundation' in order to raise awareness of the condition. Our first goal is to raise money for The Peter Congdon Neonatal Unit at the Leeds General Infirmary. They cared for our daughter in the brief time she was with us and were truly amzing. The unit needs ten new incubators which cost £10,000 each, and so £10,000 was our initial target. After the first target was met, a new incubator was purchased for the unit. The fundraising has also been used to furnish two rooms on the unit. We would now like to continue to raise money for further incubators.
Events we have held so far include the annual 'Chloe Tate Cup', a bike ride from Leeds to Scarborough, 3 marathons and a charity gig performed by The Pigeon Detectives.
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