Buggy push to raise money for charity

Fiona Brown, partner John Byrne, Niamh, aged three, and nine-month-old Conor
Fiona Brown, partner John Byrne, Niamh, aged three, and nine-month-old Conor
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A mum and her two ‘miracle’ babies who have all received life-saving medical treatment are among hundreds of people supporting a charity event in aid of the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Fiona Brown and her partner John Byrne will be taking part in the Jessops Buggy Push at Rother Valley County Park on May 31.

The couple, from Sandygate in Crosspool, have been raising money for Jessops since their children Niamh, aged three, and nine-month-old Conor were born.

Fiona was seriously ill during both pregnancies and both babies were premature and in need of intensive care.

With Niamh, Fiona suffered pre-eclampsia and her baby had to be delivered by emergency caesarean section weighing a tiny 1lb 11 ounces.

Niamh was three months early with lots of complications including the inability to breathe for herself, fluid on her brain, dilated ventricles, a hole in her heart, chronic lung disease and she needed several blood transfusions.

Fiona fell pregnant again last year and again showed signs of pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure. At 29 weeks a scan showed that the baby was in distress and Fiona began to haemorrhage.

Conor was born weighing 2lbs 1 ounce and, like Niamh, had holes in his heart.

Fiona said: “I don’t know where we’d be today without the amazing support we received at Jessops. Our family now consider many of the staff from the neonatal intensive care unit as friends.

“There are some wonderful people there whose knowledge, compassion, experience and care helped us through some very difficult times and helped our children do so well.”

The 5k Buggy Push, sponsored by Rotherham IT and telecommunications specialists DuoCall,starts at 11am.

To book a place visit www.jessopsbuggypush.com or call 0114 271 1351.