A LANCASHIRE mum is launching a £16,000 appeal to raise funds for Royal Preston Hospital’s Neonatal Unit.
Nicola Kellie-Jones, of Adlington, near Chorley, was inspired after the plight of her daughter Caitlin.
She was born at the hospital in May 2014 and became ill with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). Her life was saved because the hospital had a specialised cooling machine available.
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain damage that occurs when an infant’s brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen and blood.
Mum-of-two Nicola, of Windsor Avenue, said: “Treatment for HIE involves placing your baby on a special cooling mattress or wrapping them in a cooling wrap. The Neonatal Unit in which our daughter was treated had only two cooling machines. If these were both in use our baby would have needed to be transferred to a different hospital with a machine available.
“This would have delayed the treatment and her injuries would have continued to get worse. We are extremely lucky that the last cooling machine was available for our daughter that day.”
Nicola’s aim is to raise enough funds for the Preston Neonatal Unit to purchase more vital equipment .
Nicola is setting up a raffle via the ‘Just Giving’ Page which she is planning to open on May 11. She has had 50 raffle prizes donated already, mainly via Facebook.
She said: “I can’t believe how it has taken off already.
“It’s been overwhelming – but we need to keep it going.”
To donate a product please contact CaitlinsCoolingCause@hotmail.com or call 07814523849 or go to www.justgiving.com/CaitlinsCoolingCause