A WIGAN mum celebrated her daughter’s first birthday by fund-raising for the hospital unit which helped save her life.
Rebecca Williams, 26, held a big party at her home in Whelley, in aid of Wigan Infirmary’s baby care unit after her two children, Isaac, five, and Lucy, one, were born prematurely.
She also lost her first daughter, Melissa, who was born at 21 weeks, 10 years ago.
Rebecca said: “We held a party for Lucy’s first birthday and used it as a fund raiser by having a live band - Hunter - play.
“The party marked the end of a year of fund-raising for the baby care unit, as all my children spent time in special care and I wanted to give something back.
“Isaac was born at 32 weeks, weighing 41b, 11 oz and Lucy was born at 30 weeks, weighing just 3lb.
“The staff were brilliant as it was such an emotional time. I was in the special care unit for so long as Lucy had problems with her breathing.
“It was awful, as I felt I had been robbed. My baby had been flashed before my eyes and then she had gone as she was in such a bad condition. She was covered in tubes and was in an incubator.
“But to look at Lucy now and how strong she is, feels so amazing. She has three holes in her heart and has to have numerous scans and appointments with specialists, but doctors are really happy with her progress.
“Isaac struggled breathing when he was younger, but he is fine now.”
Rebecca and her family have raised almost £1,000 from raffles and a charity car wash and hope to tip the £1,000 mark with the birthday party.