Date of release: Thursday 1st October, 2015
Little Xavier McGee and his family visited New Cross Hospital recently to present a cheque for £675 for the Neonatal Unit, Wolverhampton – and thank them for saving his life.
Xavier was born at New Cross Hospital with a hole in his diaphragm and severe breathing difficulties as his tummy was squashing his lungs and preventing them from developing properly. He was so unwell that his parents Tony and Charlotte McGee decided to have him christened on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) when he was just 30 hours old.
For the first six days of his life, Xavier was cared for at New Cross Hospital before being well enough to be transferred to Birmingham Women’s Hospital and then on to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to have an operation to repair his diaphragm and give him a chance of survival. The operation was a huge success and Charlotte, Tony and their family and friends from Wednesfield wanted to give thanks to NICU for their care.
Family members organised a “Fun Day” on the 5th September 2015 at Wednesfield High School, Wolverhampton. Throughout the day there was a variety of different activities and competitions including ‘guess the bear’s name’, ‘beat the goalie’ and different stands selling home-made items, refreshments and cakes. ‘Frozen’ fans also got the chance to meet their favourite characters from the film!
The event raised an impressive £675 which will be used to enhance patient care and the life-saving work of the unit.
Charlotte McGee said; “The doctors never once gave up on him, and gave him the support to fight for his life. The nurses looked after him like he was their own, and they looked after us…. they supported us when we needed to cry, and they watched over him when we needed to sleep. And we slept because we trusted them to do everything they could to keep him safe.”
Charlotte added: “Xavier is nearly four months old and progressing well. We can never express our true gratitude because every time we look at our son, as he grows each day, starts to smile, begins to baby chatter, we have them [NICU] to thank.”
For further information about The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity, please contact Leanne Bood (01902) 694473 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Back, left to right, Charlotte Brittain (Xavier’s Step Grandmother who organised the Fun Day), Leanne Bood Fundraising Coordinator.
Front, Charlotte McGee and baby Xavier.