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Marcus Maschwitz

Juliette's (and our) Heroes!

I am trying to raise some money for St George's Hospital Charity because I'll forever be in debt to St George's Hospital!

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  • Team members: Rob, Sydney and Alastair
  • Event: Descente RUN10, 17 Sep 2017

St George's Hospital Charity

We supplement NHS funding at St George's to enhance the Hospital's services

Charity Registration No. 1171195

Story

As some of you know our beautiful (could be biased here) girl, Juliette Broco, was born on the 10th of August. What most of you don't know is that her arrival wasn't the easiest and unfortunately came with some complications.

I'll keep is as short as possible but essentially we were in hospital for 5 days before mom (my wife Anja) had to be rushed in for an emergency section due to an infection that she had caught. The team were amazing and after a really short time they had JB out safely and mom treated amazingly. I'll never forget that feeling of hearing JB cry, before we could even see her, and how much Anja and I cried that she was safe. Both my girls had to immediately start courses of antibiotics and some really close monitoring to make sure they both got well asap. Anja's infection was cleared after a day but JB's infection count increased so they had to keep looking after her. After 5 days, a lumbar puncture, meningitis scares, many needles, blood tests, antibiotics, IV lines, tears (us too), heart checks, monitoring and more tears JB had some new life and was given the all clear allowing us to go home.

It was the hardest thing ever for me seeing both my girls go through so much and having to pretend to be strong when inside I really wasn't. I'd do anything for my 2 girls and in this situation there was nothing I could do besides trust ... luckily the staff (miracle workers) at St George's Hospital are who they are, because not 1 second went by where I had any doubt that they had our best interests and we were all well taken care of. People give the NHS so much slack but in reality it is the best establishment that the UK has and we should be cherishing it, and fighting for it, as much as we can.

We dealt with over 100 people during our stay at the hospital and some of the staff even made time to visit us once their shifts had finished. I've never known this kind of humanity / kindness from random individuals before. It was heartwarming and personal and especially what we needed at the time. Even during our pregnancy we were well taken care of and again I'll forever be in debt. Juliette has now been home for a week and she's doing great and she's getting more comfortable with each day that passes.

I'll be giving some money myself but wanted to try raise a little bit more (it really all does help) just to say thank you for everything, especially during our 10 days spread between the Carmen Suite, Delivery Suite, Neonatal Unit and the Gwillim Wards.

If you can spare anything, even if it is just £1, I'd genuinely appreciate it more than you can imagine!!! Myself and a few friends (Rob, Syd and PJ) are going to run (hobble) 10km together on the 17th of September so you can pretend that you're sponsoring us 10p a kilometer.

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