South Elmsall mum fundraises for hospital that saved her son

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A mum whose baby boy was born three months premature and weighed less than a bag of sugar wants to raise money for the hospital that saved him.

Katie Padley, of South Elmsall, had to undergo an emergency caesarean section two weeks after her waters broke, three months early.

Karamo, who weighed just 2lb 2oz when he was born on Friday, September 6 2013, was taken to the neonatal surgical unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he had to use a ventilator to breathe and was treated for chronic lung disease.

Miss Padley, 27, said: “I couldn’t see him straight away and all I wanted was to be with him.

“It was awful, not knowing if he would live or not. When my waters broke they said he wouldn’t live, but he held on for two more weeks.

“But he was very ill. He couldn’t breathe on his own and I couldn’t hold him. It was so upsetting.”

Karamo is now a happy, healthy 14-month-old baby and Miss Padley wants to give something back to the ward, by holding fundraising events for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

She added: “I can’t thank the staff enough for what they did, they saved him.

“I now want to raise as much money as I can to say thanks to the hospital.”

David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Karamo is a little fighter, and we hope he has a brilliant Christmas at home with his family.

“We want to make sure more families get the same chance to stay together, by funding research into the prevention and cure of childhood illnesses.”