The mums of a baby born weighing the same as a bag of sugar are taking on a fundraiser to thank doctors for their care.
Michelle Hawley, aged 37 and her fiancée Claire Crane, aged 34, both from Woodseats, are so grateful for the months of life saving care doctors and nurses at the city’s Jessop Wing gave to their severely premature daughter Megan, they have decided to enter the Jessops Superheroes event.
Megan was born weighing just 2lb 9oz after just 27 weeks of pregnancy.
Michelle said: “We were out with friends to announce Claire’s pregnancy, when her waters broke.
“The doctors were kind but honest - if the baby arrived there were no guarantees. Claire was kept in for five days. During that time the baby showed no signs of arriving, but a doctor from the Neonatal Unit offered us a chance to look round the unit.
“Megan managed to hang on for three weeks. She was placed in a plastic sandwich bag to protect her fragile skin, placed on an open incubator and was intubated to help her breathe.
“During Megan’s first year she had nine admissions and two further operations. Megan is still on oxygen, and will be for some time, but it’s not holding her back and she is now a happy, cheeky 15-month-old.
“We couldn’t be prouder of her and will never be able to thank the staff at Jessops enough for saving our little miracle.”
Sheffield Hospitals Charity is hosting its fifth annual Jessops Superheroes event, which has raised more than £90k. All involved are encouraged to wear superhero costumes to celebrate the NHS heroes who care for and save the lives of Sheffield’s tiniest patients every day.