A Gainsborough mum whose baby girl was born three months early but defied all odds against her to survive is campaigning to let other parents of premature babies know that ‘they are not alone.’
Hayley Emerson said that her daughter Millie had since grown into a ‘healthy and thriving 17 month old despite being given a ten per cent chance of survival when she was born weighing just over 1lb in January 2014.
Determined to ‘give something back’, Hayley and her partner Phil have set about fundraising for Nottingham’s Children’s Hospital and have also set up a Facebook page to raise awareness and.
“All parents in this situation keep very private as they think there is something wrong with them, but this is very wrong,” said Hayley.
“When my husband and I were on this rollercoaster, I struggled to find stories that would give me some much needed hope.
“But once I found a few it made me stronger for our baby, it really did help. I would like to do the same to help others. Through the Facebook page, I can share our story and pictures of Millie’s journey to raise awareness of prematurity and let others know that they are never alone.”
Hayley said she would also be using social media to raise the funds needed to buy ‘sleep study monitors’ for the neonatal unit at Nottingham City Hospital.
Hayley said: “The monitors are needed to help read and record the child’s oxygen levels over a period of time. Too little oxygen can cause brain damage, too much and a baby could develop vision problems and even become blind.
“The neonatal intensive doesnt have thier own monitor so has to borrow one from Qeen’s with lenghty waits and costs to transport them.
“If they had their own, babies could have a slighlty shorter stay in hospital.
“It means so much to give something back to the staff there. Our child and many others would not be able to survive without their specialist expertise. I owe them my life.”
Hayley’s latest fundraising endeavour was a whopping 47 mile walk from Lincoln County Hospital to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham on Monday, October 12.
Hayley completed the walk with eight friends wearing pink high-vis vests and tutus.
Millie’s Just Giving Page currently totals at just over £3,000, with a target of £5,000 to reach which will pay for four sleep monitors.
You can donate up to £10 by texting MILI97 followed by your chosen amount to 70070.
Millie’s Facebook page is reachable by typing Millie-Rose: A Life Beyond Prematurity in the search bar.