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Help for child of 'miracle baby'

A woman whose life was saved by hospital neonatal staff when she was born is back in the same unit while staff care for her premature baby.

Gemma Capener, was saved by Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust when she was born in 1984, 11 weeks early and weighing only 1lb 6oz.

Her son Haydon, born four weeks early on 17 February 2009 weighed 3lb 14oz, and is now receiving specialist care.

The unit has 18 cots and plans to add a further four high dependency cots.

Fundraising appeal

When Ms Capener, from Milton Keynes, was delivered by emergency caesarean section, she was the smallest baby ever born in the hospital.

It was feared that she was so small that she may not survive.

She said: "Without the neonatal unit I wouldn't be here today. The team saved my life and are now ensuring that my son gets the best start to life possible."

Glenda Deacon, neonatal unit manager, said: "Over the past 25 years, the hospital has been able to help thousands of premature or ill babies.

"When Gemma was born in 1984 there were around 1,000 babies born in the hospital over a year.

"Now, in our silver anniversary year, around 4,000 babies are expected to arrive, all with support from the maternity and neonatal teams at Milton Keynes Hospital."

The Trust cares for around 360 neonatal babies each year and the Little Lives Appeal is aiming to raise 250,000 for the neonatal unit, which will go towards a full refurbishment and redesign of the unit.

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