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45,000 reasons for Noah’s memory to live on at baby unit

(l-r) Lorraine Blackburn, Jon Taylor, Senior sister Tracy Cassar and Lauren Galloway.   with the ventilator.
Picture: Allan Hutchings (142417-447)

(l-r) Lorraine Blackburn, Jon Taylor, Senior sister Tracy Cassar and Lauren Galloway. with the ventilator. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142417-447)

HE MAY have only seen the world for eight days, but there are 45,000 reasons why his memory will live on.

Parents Lauren Galloway and Jon Taylor will always remember their son Noah.

He died in November 2012, aged only eight days old, and Lauren and Jon embarked upon a fundraising drive, determined to help other parents and try to ensure nobody else experienced what they did.

After starting off aiming to raise £10,000, the pair were stunned to find themselves handing over £45,000 of equipment to the neonatal intensive care unit (Nicu) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Jon, who works for Zurich in Whiteley, said: ‘Lauren had a normal pregnancy and it was only towards the end that things went wrong.

‘As she was in labour, Noah’s brain was starved of oxygen because the umbilical cord squashed his neck.

‘He didn’t start breathing again until four minutes after his birth and he was taken to the Nicu and put on to a cooling unit for 48 hours.’

From there the couple were told Noah’s outlook was not good and a christening was organised.

Lauren, 27, an administrator, said: ‘It was all so surreal and happened so fast.

‘I could hardly believe it because he looked so perfect and thought he would be all right.

‘He was born weighing 7lb 13oz and looked normal otherwise.

‘But we knew we had to say goodbye to him and wanted to remember him looking well.’

After Noah died, his parents set up a Justgiving account in a bid to raise £10,000 for the Nicu.

But the pair, of Hewett Road, North End, were overwhelmed when that was achieved in three weeks.

Jon’s company matched the amount and so the couple carried on.

Jon, 33, added: ‘We started arranging events like bake sales and abseils, and other people were doing them to.

‘We can’t believe how it all happened and how much we have raised.

‘We would like to say thank you to everyone that has helped.

‘The Nicu and the staff were incredible. We hope the equipment we have got will help other parents, and hope they won’t go through what we have.’

The couple have bought two ventilators and phototherapy lights – all bearing a plaque with Noah’s name.

The items were bought through neonatal charity Ickle Pickles.

Senior sister in Nicu Tracy Cassar said: ‘Thank you so much for such a generous donation, it really is appreciated.’

 

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