On 11th November 2015, Stacey Purnell and her partner joyfully welcomed their long-awaited little baby boy into the world.
However, within moments of her baby being born, the experience took a frightening and distressing turn when they realised that their little boy was making no sound.
Their baby was promptly rushed to Southmead Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to be treated for several infections as well as suspected meningitis.
The experience was terrifying for Stacey and her partner. Stacey explains:
“We went through a whole 24 hours of not being able to see or hold our child and not knowing how he was or what he looked like loomed on us, knowing he wasn’t in our care and we couldn’t hold his little hand or stroke his little cheeks.”
Thankfully NICU successfully treated Stacey’s little baby and he made a full recovery, however the experience has left its mark on Stacey and her partner.
“As first time parents we never in a million years expected this and the whole journey will stay with us forever. Our journey was short-lived compared to some people’s, but the whole time we were there felt like a lifetime. The care our son received and the nurses and doctors who looked after him went above and beyond and we will be forever grateful.”
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital helps hundreds of babies every year by providing intensive care, high dependency care, transitional care and special care.
To recognise this brilliant work, Stacey has decided to raise money for NICU by doing a sponsored skydive on 15th July, jumping 10,000 feet out of a plane!
All money raised from Stacey’s sponsored skydive will be going directly towards Southmead Hospital NICU, including the money that Stacey is paying herself to do the skydive.
But, in order to reach or even exceed her target of £1000 to go towards Southmead Hospital’s NICU, Stacey needs the help of Bristol Mum readers!
“I would just ask however big or small just to help me raise money for such a good cause. What we went through when my little boy was born is an experience I wouldn’t wish on anybody but if you have experienced it as a parent, or just as a family member or friend watching from the sideline, you will know it’s an experience that stays with you for a lifetime.”
If you would like to help Stacey raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital, please visit Stacey’s fundraising page to make a donation:
You can donate as much or as little money as you can afford; every penny raised will make a difference!