Parents host ‘Bobfest’ event

Tony and Rebecca Croft
Tony and Rebecca Croft
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The parents of a baby born unable to swallow have thanked Sheffield Children’s Hospital for saving their son’s life.

Bobby Crofts was rushed into surgery, less than 24 hours after his birth, due to a condition called tracheo-oesophageal fistula and oesophageal atresia.

The condition, which meant that his airway and food pipe were connected, made it impossible for Bobby to swallow and difficult for him to breathe.

And now his parents, Tony and Rebecca Crofts, are hosting a charity fundraiser, ‘Bobfest,’ to thank staff at Sheffield Children’s Neonatal Surgical Unit, where Bobby is still an in-patient.

Rebecca, of Hillsborough, who was finally able to give her son his first bottle at ten-weeks-old, following a second life-saving surgery, said: “It’s a really big deal for us; things change so quickly you’ve got to celebrate the high points and hold onto the good things.

“The staff made all the difference. I remember in the first few weeks, Bobby had stopped breathing and had started to turn blue. The nurses were instantly there to help. There were two nurses with Bobby and one with myself, reassuring me.

“They create an oasis of calm, that is just what you need as a parent.”

‘Bobfest’ will be held at The Wadsley Jack in Hillsborough, on Saturday June 17, and hopes to raise funds for sensory equipment, such as light spheres, bubble tubes and fibre optic lights, for the babies who face prolonged stays on the unit.

The event, which will kick off at 5pm, will feature a bouncy castle, magician, face painting and raffle with prizes including a Mini Cooper for the weekend, family portrait, and Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United match tickets.