When Andrew and Lorraine’s daughter Evie was born, she was treated for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy(HIE), which is limitation of oxygen and blood flow around the time of birth. HIE causes brain injury and can result in cerebral palsy and was caused by the placenta separating too early from the uterus. Following an emergency c-section at Gloucester Royal Hospital, Evie was immediately resuscitated. Within hours she received cooling treatment and was soon transferred to St Michaels with a team of four medics, as St Michaels Special Care Baby Unit is one of a few units that specialises in treatment that Evie required.
Evie was in St Michaels Special Care Baby Unit for eight days. During this time, Andrew and Lorraine were given a room free of charge at Cots for Tots house, meaning they could stay just moments away from their daughter whilst she was being cared for in the unit. Thanks to the pioneering treatment provided at St Michael’s Special Care Baby Unit, Evie now leads a normal life, and has progressed to grow as she should. Andrew and his brother Daniel have donned their Team Cots for Tots cycling jerseys and are putting in the some serious peddle power to raise vital funds for the unit.
‘Land's End to Bristol will be a big challenge for me, and one that I am throwing myself into head-first. I’ve only started cycling over the past few months, and I’ve never cycled for this length of time or distance before. But I know that it will give me a real purpose to train towards whilst enabling me to give something back to the charity that made such a positive impact on my family. I can’t wait to share the experience with my brother and so many like-mind people who will each have different stories linking them to Cots for Tots and St Michael’s Special Care Baby Unit.’
Join Andrew and Daniel this September for Cots for Tots’ Land’s End to Bristol cycle challenge. Saddle up and help support critically ill babies like Evie at St Michael’s Special Care Baby Unit every single day.
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