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Martin Butterworth

London Marathon 2019

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My story

[p]Hi, [/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read our story![/p][p]As many of you will be aware, in late September we welcomed our second child into our family. Esther Rose arrived three months early, coming as a complete shock and with us all naive to the complications of premature babies. It proved the most challenging and worrying months of our lives! The journey has been long (felt like an age!) as she continues to grow and overcome hurdles along the way we are ever so proud of our second little girl and the progress she has made to date. [/p][p]After a check-up at Durham University Hospital it soon became apparent that the baby was on the way, so as a result we were rushed via ambulance up to the RVI Hospital in Newcastle. A call to school in which we had just left was made to cancel fixtures for that night!!! This was the longest 24 hours of our lives as we prayed for the time to complete full doses of steroids and magnesium before she arrived which would be of significant benefit to her future health and potential life. The arrival was imminent because of a cord prolapse complication. She came into our world via c-section the day after with Christina Perri - A thousand years playing in the surgery theatre. A loud cry as they pulled her out followed by tears from Ellie and I at the sound of our second little girl. Following some breathing support, I got to see her and hold her hand for the very first time, yes very emotional as I wasn’t quite prepared for how small she was (2lb 9 ounces), how she looked and the fact that she was in a ‘rosti bag’ to help maintain heat. It still gets me now thinking about this moment![/p][p]This was the start of our long journey in hospital. We have nothing but admiration for the doctors, nurses and midwives at the RVI who gave our little girl the highest level of support and care allowing her to make such huge progress in her time at hospital. The specialist equipment and expertise of all staff we will be very ever grateful for. She had breathing support including tubes and wires on her for about 5 weeks. There’s no getting away from the fact that this was such a challenging time for the Butterworth family but super proud of the progress she made during this period. The Sick Children’s Trust, a charity who run Crawford House kindly allowed us to stay in their premises on the hospital ground so that we could be near to Esther 24 hours a day. A fantastic hostel that was just so perfect in the circumstances. [/p][p]After a month at the RVI we were transferred back to the Durham University Hospital. The outstanding care and support of our beautiful little girl continued. It was shortly after this point she was finally transferred out of the incubator and into a baby cot. Furthermore, she was taken off oxygen support even though there were occasional heart rate drops (which I’ll never ever be able to take this image or sound of the monitor out of my head!). These all steps in the right direction and it continued thereafter with further checks taking place. We were finally allowed to head home on the 19th November ready in time for Christmas. [/p][p]Esther has settled well into life at home but a massive reason for that is the level of care and support her Mum, Ellie, has given her throughout the whole process. You have been amazing and have taken it all in your stride even when I couldn’t be there (as I was looking after Evelyn) and this has continued at home. What a fantastic role model you are for our girls and will continue to be in years to come. Also I would like to thank family and friends for all your best wishes and support during this time. [/p][p]I feel very proud that I can say I will complete the London Marathon for the first time in April and donate all funds to three charities who alongside the NHS helped provide us with such great care over this period, Tiny Lives Special Care Babies, The Sick Children’s Trust and BLISS. We all thank you from the bottom of our heart and we’re so pleased we can give something back to you. [/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p]
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Good luck Martin. Proud of you and Ellie with all you have achieved

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Good luck xx

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Emma Barraclough

Good luck!

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Bray’s Netball

Great cause happy to support... Karen

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Mike and Ann

We haven't seen you but we were both thinking about you during a very difficult time. We hope that everything works out well for you all and look forward to catching up with you in the near future. Good luck in the London Marathon

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Jenny Allison

Good luck, congratulations on your beautiful family xx

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Jimmy Harmsworth

Good luck big guns!

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Fran Andy and Willow

For such a fabulous cause. Good luck xxx

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Amanda Partridge

Martin, it made me cry reading your story in the Newton News today because it mirrored Emma’s arrival into the world 3 months early and in the same hospital 22 years ago and I still remember it as if it was yesterday. So pleased she is doing well. xx

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Jill Carter

Good luck Martin, please pass on my love to Ellie and your girls xx