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Fund Raising Money For Wishaw General Neonatal Unit
A Blantyre family thanked Wishaw General’s neonatal unit for saving their daughter’s life – by raising £1200 for the department.
Elaine Canavan and Christopher McGregor hosted a fundraising darts evening after medics performed life-saving techniques on Orla during and after birth last year.
Suffering shoulder dystocia during labour Orla, at 11lb 9oz, had become stuck in the delivery canal – meaning midwives had to dislocate both shoulders in order to deliver her.
The procedure meant she was seriously starved of oxygen and required extensive resuscitation when she was eventually brought into the world later on that day on October 14, 2013.
Grandfather Stephen Canavan explained: “Orla’s birth was very traumatic and worrying and at one point we had to bring in our local priest to baptise her whilst in the hospital, as it really didn’t look good for her at all.
“But medics worked wonders and brought her back from the brink. A year later and our adorable Orla has been walking since she was 10-months-old – something none of us thought she would be able to do so young, having suffered such complications as well.
“She is our little miracle and has even been discharged from the physiotherapist as her arms are moving fine, and her consultant Dr Duncan Boyd is really pleased with her development. We are all so proud of her.”
The family held the fundraiser in the West End Bar, Blantyre.
Orla’s delighted mum Elaine added: “This fundraiser was our way of thanking the neonatal unit at Wishaw General Hospital and Dr Duncan Boyd for all their help and treatment during and after Orla’s birth.
“Thank you also to everyone who came along to our fundraising night and to the West End Bar, the darts team and John Killen for donating some great prizes for the raffle. Everyone helped us raise the wonderful sum £1200 for the hospital .”