Family holding fair in support of Southmead Hospital neonatal intensive care unit

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A family is raising money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital Bristol after their daughter spent ten weeks in its care.

Emily McGuinness and her family are holding Isla’s Autumn Fayre in support of The Southmead Hospital Charity after their experience of the unit two years ago.

The family was warned of potential complications with Isla’s health before she was born, when the 20-week pregnancy scan showed there might be problems with her heart.

When the youngster was born in July 2012 she was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Southmead Hospital, where she spent most of her first ten weeks.

Isla has an undiagnosed genetic condition which brings complications beyond the heart abnormalities which were discovered prior to her birth. She has congenital hypotonia and weakness, which means that her body is floppy, she suffers with reflux and has delayed milestones.

Isla turned two in the summer and has already had three operations, but she is a happy little girl.

Her parents were so impressed by the support they received when their daughter was in the NICU at Southmead Hospital that they wanted to do something to support its work.

Emily said: “I have said all along that we would do something for the NICU. As a parent you never expect to be there. I didn’t even know about it.

“We want to say thank-you to the NICU for the amazing care they gave Isla.

“We started off planning a garden party but it expanded from there and got bigger and better.”

Her family has now organised a fundraising event at the Eastfield Inn in Henleaze Road on September 27. Money raised on the day will be split between the NICU at Southmead Hospital Bristol and the Stroke Association after Emily’s father Marmaduke Alderson suffered a series of strokes.

There will be stalls, music and children’s entertainers at the event which will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Bristol at 1.30pm.

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