Parents fundraising brings hope out of tragedy
Derriford Hospital's maternity department has replaced three ultrasound scanners thanks to combination of a bequest and a generous donation from the George Appeal.
The charity was set up in memory of baby George North by parents James and Ruth North of Tregadillett, who wanted to do something to support the ante-natal department.
It has now provided three additional ultrasound scanners to help benefit other parents.
It was through regular scanning that the couple were told their as yet unborn baby had problems and George died 31 weeks into the pregnancy.
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Mrs North said: “We set up The George Appeal in August 2006 in memory of our son George who was stillborn at 31 weeks of pregnancy in April that year.
“We discovered at his 20 weeks scan that he had a condition that would require surgery once born. Sadly this wasn't to be.”
She said the care and support the couple received was top class.
“George was scanned regularly throughout the pregnancy and through these scans we were able to monitor his progress and make informed decisions throughout.
“We wanted to do something that would recognise the care we were given and also try and highlight the importance or ante-natal scanning.”
The couple set themselves the challenge of raising enough money to purchase an ultrasound scanning machine, which last about five years before they need replacing.
Mrs North said: “We are really proud of ourselves and what we have achieved over the last few years.
“It is fantastic to be able to see our hard work and the support and kindness of everyone who donated to finally be able to help others during their pregnancy.”
Ross Welch, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist said the couple had raised “a huge amount of money” and “they have shown astonishing determination and perseverance with enormous support from people in North Cornwall to get this far.”
He said two of the machines were being used for day-to-day screening to identify foetal abnormalities and the third is in the early pregnancy unit to identify complications in early pregnancy.
“On behalf of everyone in the department I would like to offer a huge thank you for their generous donation which will go a long way to help our patients,” he said.