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Couple’s tribute to son Teddy for the Neonatal Unit

Losing a child is a terrible thing, but losing a baby only six days old is heart breaking.

Claire Eveleigh (29) and Connor Jocelyn (19) wanted to do something positive to remember their son, Teddy. 

Claire, said; “We had six amazing but incredibly difficult days with Teddy before he passed away in our arms. 

He was born seven weeks early on 26 March 2015 by emergency caesarean weighing only 5lb and 7oz. Early scans showed that he had large sacs of fluid on the brain, and was suffering from internal seizures which could not be controlled with medication.

We couldn’t have asked for better care in Princess Anne Hospital, as from the minute Teddy was born, he received one to one care, and the staff were there for us on the day that Teddy passed away.

We treasure those precious few days that we had with Teddy, and wanted to do something positive in his memory to help other babies born in similar situations. Instead of funeral costs, we asked for donations through a tribute page set up by Trish Goddard, and were overwhelmed to raise £3,106.”

Ian Chapman, senior technician, Neonatal Unit, comments: “We want to thank Claire and Connor for thinking about the Southampton Neonatal Unit at this difficult time after losing Teddy. 

Our unit is one of the largest country, treating around 750 babies a year. Donations like this are crucial so we can provide additional extra’s that are otherwise unaffordable under the NHS.

This donation to Southampton Hospital Charity is being used to purchase three milk feeding pumps and a saturation monitor to measure babies oxygen levels. We are so grateful to the family, and want to thank them for all that they have done.”

The family and friends now want to continue their fundraising efforts, helping to save babies lives from around Hampshire and the South coast.

The couple look to continue fundraising for Southampton Hospital Charity under the name My Teddy Time, so that money can be raised in Teddy’s memory to help other premature babies being cared for in the Southampton Neonatal Unit.

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