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For Grace Stokes

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[p]On 15 April 2017, my daughter Grace was born 14 weeks premature. Throughout the pregnancy, my partner suffered and spent time in Warrington hospital with various complications. The team there were very supportive and helped her through some tough times. Her waters broke at 26 weeks, where she was rushed over to Liverpool Women's hospital. She spent 3 days here being well looked after before Grace decided it was time to make an appearance.[/p][p]I received a call saying she was being moved to the delivery suite. I rushed over and met the delivery team. They were a great support to us and gave us all the details we needed, helping us make some very tough decisions. After what felt like a very long and stressful time, Grace was born weighing 1 lb 11 oz. We were very lucky that the birth was as smooth as it was, helping increase the odds of her survival. From there, the neonatal team took over. It was incredible to watch them work on something so small. For an hour or so, they kept us in the loop, let us see what was happening and worked wonders. Once they were happy with her, they moved her to the Neonatal unit.[/p][p]We didn't get to meet Grace again until early the next morning, where we went in and met the person responsible for keeping her alive. She was hooked up to multiple monitors, drips and a ventilator that were all helping keep her alive. From there it all looked very bleak - how could something so small ever make it out alive?[/p][p]Every day we went back, the hospital updated us with her progress. She moved from the ventilator to something a bit less intrusive and bit by bit the drips and monitors reduced. Even though there were a few infections, she kept growing stronger. It took weeks before we first saw her eyes open, and more time before we could give her milk. Eventually, she was fit enough to move closer to us in Warrington.[/p][p]Warrington picked up where Liverpool left off. The machines and setup was familiar to us and the staff there helped us understand all the differences. Grace continued getting better and managed to get well enough to come out the incubator for the first time, moving into the nursery and getting her own cot. Her oxygen requirements had changed onto her needing nasal tubes giving her a low flow of oxygen to help her breathing.[/p][p]After about 12 weeks of visiting hospitals every day, we were given a date where we could actually bring her home. This was incredible news and we picked her up in her car seat, hooked her up to the oxygen and said our goodbyes to the staff. It was a hugely daunting process to bring a baby home that required breathing assistance but we were well prepared by the oxygen nurses.[/p][p]Once she had come home, the oxygen nurses continued their support and are still working with us today to help get Grace fit enough to be able to breathe for herself. We also had a really supportive midwife who helped us understand more and a great health worker who was really supportive toward my partner. [/p][p]As Grace approaches her first birthday, I decided it was time for me to get up and do something as my way of saying thanks. I'm looking to do the Yorkshire 3 Peaks with a few others to help raise some money for the wonderful people who helped us get this far. [/p][p]All money raised will go to Warrington Hospital and Liverpool Women's Hospital.[/p]

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Lucy Howard

Well done Andy and for a great cause. Hope grace is fighting through and strong. All the best to you all xx

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Sam gaden

Well done becky - you have done amazing!!! So proud of you x x x

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