Mum pays thanks to staff by raising money for the neonatal unit
Tiny Jaime Painting came into the world three months prematurely weighing just 2lb 5oz.
Her life hung in the balance as staff at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, cared for the little infant.
And now her mother Louise has helped to repay the debt of care and kindness by the hospital by raising £240 for the neonatal ward following a fundraising day at her workplace of A & B Glass, in Sudbury.
It took place on World Prematurity Day when the 31-year-old sales order processor wore purple to work for the day, baked and sold cakes and got staff to guess the number of sweets in a jar.
She said how she arrived at the hospital thinking she had Braxton Hicks, which is contraction and tightening of the abdomen.
“Just as I was being examined my placenta ruptured and I had to have an emergency c-section and Jaime was born. But the staff were absolutely amazing,” said Louise, who lives in Beech Road, Great Cornard, with her husband Matt, 33, a transport manager for Sue Ryder.
Her daughter was born on March 20, 2016, but had to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King’s Lynn, for a week, before coming back to Bury St Edmunds.
“We were then able to take her home from the West Suffolk on her due date of June 11,” said Louise.
“Staff at the West Suffolk encouraged us and comforted us all the way and she has just turned out to be amazing and I think that’s because of the time she stayed there and you would not think that she was three months early.”
Now Louise and her 22-month-old daughter have visited the hospital to hand over the money to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the hospital.