Dad runs to say thanks for caring

By Steve Carpenter 14/08 Updated: 16/08 11:31

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Andy Fox with fellow Great North runners Faye Bradley and Ryan New (s)

A DAD is taking part in his first Great North Run to raise funds for the Grace Research Fund which helped his seriously ill newborn daughter survive.

Andy Fox has already collected around £1,500 in sponsorship for the charity which funds research into the causes of premature births and the best forms of neo-natal care.

His wife, Sarah, gave birth to Erin by emergency caesarean at Warwick Hospital in February three weeks early.

They were then transferred to the University Hospital where Erin was cooled for three days using the latest specialist medical equipment.

Recent research has shown cooling reduces brain damage in newborn babies who have been deprived of oxygen at birth.

And Andy said running the 13 miles was a way to say thank you to all the staff at both hospitals for the care and expertise they have provided.

"The consultants, doctors and nurses at Warwick and Coventry hospitals were amazing," said the telecoms engineer who lives in Solihull.

"They saved the lives of Erin and Sarah and provided us with first class care and support.

"Erin received a total of eight days of first class, life-saving treatment from the neo-natal unit which has given her the best chance for the future.

"We owe them so much, we will always be thankful for everything they have done for us.

"The Grace Research Fund carries out a lot of research into caring for premature babies and raising money in the Great North Run is my way of giving something back."

Dr Andy Coe, consultant paediatrician at University Hospital, said Andy was among a quintet of runners taking part in the Great North Run for the charity on September 16.

He added: "We are grateful to Andy and all the money raised will enable the charity to maintain its excellent work to improve the wellbeing of families and their children in Coventry and Warwickshire and we wish all five runners the best of luck and health in completing the course."

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