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CELEBRATING LIFE: Staff and families, past and present, joined together to mark World Prematurity Day

CELEBRATING LIFE: Staff and families, past and present, joined together to mark World Prematurity Day

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More than 30 families from across Burnley and Pendle have marked World Prematurity Day by attending a special event at Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre.

Staff on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) were joined by children and parents they have helped in the past and present as they raised awareness of the care they are able to give to premature babies.

One in 10 babies worldwide is born prematurely, and NICU staff wanted to raise awareness of this and show that with the advances in treatment, these babies are in the safest hands.

Wendy and Stacey Stevenson from Burnley shared their experiences.

Stacey was born 25 weeks early and was on oxygen for the first 18 months of her life.

Wendy said: “Stacey wasn’t expected to survive but thanks to the staff, she did and despite her health problems, has grown into a teenager who now studies at Ridgewood High School.”

NICU sister Claire Harrison who organised the event said: “It is lovely to see so many people here today and know how having a premature baby has touched them.”

Money raised at the event, went into the NICU endowment fund.