Mum raises cash for hospital unit

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A devoted mum is fundraising for the hospital that gave her baby son - who was born premature and weighed less than a bag of sugar - life-saving care.

Katie Padley, of South Elmsall, is holding a bag-packing session at Hemsworth’s Tesco supermarket later this month to raise cash for the unit where her son Karamo was born three months early.

Little Karamo, weighed just 2lb 2oz when he was born at the Jessop Wing in Sheffield on September 6 2013.

He had to use a ventilator to breathe and was treated for chronic lung disease on the Jessop Wing’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Miss Padley, 27, said: “Karamo was very ill when he was born. We didn’t know whether he would live. He couldn’t breathe on his own and I couldn’t hold him.”

Karamo is now a healthy 18-month-old and Miss Padley wants to give something back to the hospital.

Miss Padley added: “Karamo is fine now. He’s progressing normally and almost walking.

“He’s come such a long way from where he was 18 months ago. I can’t thank the staff enough for what they did, they saved him.

“When he was discharged, I burst into tears. We just couldn’t wait to get him home.

“Now I want to raise as much money as I can to say thank you to the hospital.”

Ruth Block, fundraising officer at Sheffield Hospital’s charity, said: “More than 7,000 babies are born in the Jessop Wing every year.

“Charity funds help families in so many ways from providing small items such as tiny dummies and clothes for premature babies, to overnight accommodation rooms and comfortable day rooms for families to stay in while their little one is being cared for.

“Katie’s fundraising will support us in continuing to provide these essential extras for some of the region’s tiniest patients and their families.”

The bag pack will take place at the Market Street supermarket on Saturday, April 25 from 10am to 2pm. All proceeds will go to the Jessop Wing hospital.