Millie Lorraine Kynoch was born at East Surrey Hospital, Redhill at 0622 on Friday 12th December 2014 by emergency caesarean following an abruption of the placenta. With a gestation of just 24 weeks and 6 days she weighed in at a tiny 1lb 10oz (730g). She was quickly transferred to St George's Hospital, Tooting to the Neonatal Unit for specialist care.
She managed to fight on until 1832 on Wednesday 17th December when she passed away peacefully in her Mummy's arms having suffered severe bleeding on both sides of the brain. She was a beautiful, brave little girl and will never be forgotten. We are thankful for the 6 days we were able to spend with her.
First Touch is the registered charity supporting parents, babies and staff on the Neonatal Unit at St George's Hospital. They do an incredible job and have been so supportive of us over the past week - providing memory boxes, meal vouchers, tea/coffee and a refurbished parents room for us. These may seem small, insignificant things given the circumstances but they mean a huge amount.
The majority of funds are spent on equipment for the unit including incubators, infant resuscitators, ventilators and blood pressure monitors whilst they also help fund staff training. St George's Neonatal Unit cares for more than 500 babies per year at a cost of more than £1,200 per night per baby - without the support of First Touch there is no doubt that Millie would not have have received such a high level of intensive care.
For more information about their work see www.first-touch.org.uk for details.
We are truly thankful to all the staff at East Surrey and St George's for all their help and support during this traumatic time, we know that Millie was in the best hands. We are also lucky to have Kerry with us too following such sudden and major surgery - East Surrey did a fantastic job to ensure that this situation was not made even worse.
We will never forget you little Millie, you will always be in our hearts. Your Mummy and Daddy are so, so proud of you.