IT was pay-back time as mums of three poorly children raised money for the medics who nursed them.
Toni Johnson along with Emma and Pauline Caddick worked together to raise more than £5,000 for MedEquip4kids which spent it on three new patient monitors for Wigan Infirmary which measure heart rate, oxygen levels, respiration, temperature and blood pressure.
Emma said: “My son Blake Caddick was born at 29 weeks and without this kind of equipment he might not be here.
“I’m so thankful to everyone on neo-natal unit and Medequip4kids so as our way of saying thank you we have all pulled together to raise as much as we can to help Wigan Neo-natal carry on saving premature babys lives.”
The new equipment is designed for babies born prematurely or with severe health problems, and allow staff to effectively monitor their health with the minimum of intrusion.
A new oxygen saturation monitor is also required. When babies are born premature and are very tiny, they can have problems with their lungs and difficulty breathing. This monitor takes accurate readings of the oxygen levels in their blood to make sure they are absorbing sufficient oxygen.
Sarah Suthers, appeals fund-raiser for MedEquip4kids, said: “We’re so grateful to Toni Johnson, Pauline and Emma Caddick and everyone else who is involved for their amazing support to the Wigan Infirmary Neo Natal Unit.”