Chris cycles to say thank you to hospital which saved his family
Sunday 28th June, Chris Cowley from Wigan will be
cycling 52 miles at the Great Manchester Cycle to say thank you to
the hospital which saved his newborn son, Sam, and wife,
Sam was born on 3 June 2014 at Saint Mary's
Hospital. Early in the pregnancy Becky was referred to Saint
Mary's due to suspected problems with the baby's oesophagus. The
labour was progressing well until half way through when the baby's
heart rate dropped considerably. Becky was rushed into theatre for
an emergency c-section, Chris was scrubbed up ready to accompany
his wife but time passed, not knowing that in the meantime her
previous caesarean scar had ruptured and the baby was breach. What
happened next was far from expected; Becky started suffering from
internal bleeding and her kidneys started to fail, she was
immediately put into intensive care.
Meanwhile, their little boy was born and for nine minutes was
without a heartbeat and had no oxygen circulating his tiny body for
Chris says, "Luckily because of the fantastic facility we were
in, the doctors managed to somehow save our son and kept him alive
on a ventilator. He was then sent to Newborn Intensive Care
Unit and placed on a cooling machine to receive 72 hours of
Hypothermia Therapy to basically shut the body down and to allow
the toxins from the brain damage to be released without causing
more problems. Not many hospitals have this equipment and if
it wasn't for this, and the brilliant work from the staff, the
story could have been completely different.
I find it hard to put into words as to how thankful I am for
what this magnificent place did for me and my family."
Sam is now one year old and doing well, Becky has also made a
full recovery. Chris now plans to fundraise for the Newborn
Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Mary's to say thank you for
saving the lives of his young family.
Chris continued, "I plan to do fundraisers over the next few
years to try and pay back as much as I can although no amount of
money will ever match what they have done for me."
With this in mind Chris will take to the streets on Manchester
on 28th June pedalling 52 miles to raise money for the
unit. On the 4th July Chris will then take the plunge in
the Great Manchester Swim, all with the aim to raise as much money
as possible for Saint Mary's. This comes in addition to the
fantastic £1100 the couple have already raised from Sam's
christening, asking for donations instead of presents.
Hannah Thomas, Events Manager for Saint Mary's Hospital Charity
added, "It is wonderful that Chris has pledged his support to the
Charity following the care that Rebecca and Sam received. The
Great Manchester Cycle and Swim are tough events and we wish Chris
the best of luck with his challenge! The Newborn Intensive
Care Unit at Saint Mary's treats around 1,000 of the poorliest
babies in the region each year and support like Chris' means that
we can purchase state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and
treatment as well as providing facilities that make life easier for
the families on the unit."
Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure
continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the
hospital - improving the lives of thousands of patients each year
across the North West and beyond.
The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide
additional resources that make life easier for patients and their
families who use the hospital.
To sponsor Chris visit his Justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Cowley1/
For further information please
contact Aimee Lawless on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 07827 886 286
Notes to Editors
About Saint Mary's Hospital Charity:
- Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is part of the Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity. Registered
charity number 1049274.
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are:
- Manchester University Dental Hospital Charity
- Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Charity
- Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity
- Trafford Hospitals Charity