When doctors advised mum-of-two Gemma Hudson not to take part in a charity run, she just put her fundraising effort for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on hold for a few weeks.
The Team QEH member was taken ill two weeks before the Asda Foundation Great East Anglia Run last May. However, she soon signed up for the Holkham 10k instead and completed the gruelling run in hot conditions in 1hr 23mins.
And now Gemma has presented £720 to our NICU. It was as appreciation from her and husband Ian for the care which their daughter Elsie received during 12 days in the unit.
Gemma (35), of West Lynn, said: “Minutes after she was born, as I was holding her for the first time, she was struggling to breathe and a purple/blue colour.
“Elsie was put on a ventilator and the days that followed were heartbreaking, seeing her lay there so helpless.
“Now we have an amazing, healthy five-year-old little girl who is full of life and mischief and never lets anything get in the way of doing what she wants to do.”
She added: “We will be forever grateful and thankful to every single member of the NICU team and the midwives who looked after us, the care and compassion were totally selfless.”
Gemma, a healthcare assistant, also gave birth to son Hugo (2) at QEH.
Photo caption: Gemma Hudson and daughter Elsie (5) present the £720 sponsorship money to Sister Sunu Jaison, on behalf of the NICU.
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