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I'm running the London Marathon in April 2019 to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit at Whipps Cross University Hospital (part of Barts Charity).
I was diagnosed with preeclampsia in May 2017, and after several days in hospital our baby boy, Noel Gene Carr, was delivered three weeks early by emergency caesarean. After complications he was taken straight to the Special Care Baby Unit where he spent the first ten days of his life fighting sepsis. Sepsis is a life threatening condition that kills five people every hour in the UK.
I don't think my husband or I will ever be able to really convey how absolutely terrified we were during this time. Even writing this is difficult as there's a lot that happened in those early days that I can probably never find the right words to explain. All I know is that when I was really ill, being cared for in a different part of the hospital, these doctors and nurses worked day and night to help our baby fight the life threatening condition. This all took place at the same time the NHS was hit with a cyber attack, meaning all computers were down and our notes were all being written up by hand. Whilst this created a lot of extra work, the care and attention our baby boy received never faltered.Being separated from our newborn son was incredibly traumatic, but without the tireless work and support of the medical team we would not of been able to bring him home. He is now a happy, boysterous toddler, running rings around his mummy and daddy!
I started running again (slowly!) after doctors gave me the all clear 7 weeks after I got home. A few months later I found out I had secured a ballot place for the London Marathon. I have decided to use this ballot place to give something back to the Special Care Baby Unit at Whipps Cross Hospital. The work the team do there is incredible, and without them parents such as myself and my husband wouldn't be lucky enough to have a healthy and beautiful baby boy.
This is my story. Every penny donated is appreciated more than you will ever know.