Newtownabbey family fundraising for TinyLife

Relatives of a baby girl who was born eight weeks’ early are raising money for the charity that has supported them over the past two months.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 12:38 pm
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 12:42 pm

Phoebe Brown from Newtownabbey was born eight weeks before her due date on January 23. She remained in hospital until February 20 and is now thriving at home in Fernagh.

Her family now want to raise funds for TinyLife after the charity helped them adapt to life with a premature baby.

Relatives have organised a raffle and will also be delivering Easter treats to homes across the greater Belfast area in a bid to raise £1,000 for the worthy cause.

Phoebe was born on January 23.

Speaking to the Times, Phoebe’s aunt Megan Beattie, said: “Phoebe was born at 32 weeks and was only 3lb 2oz.

“My sister Stacey had to get an emergency C section due to continuous high blood pressure throughout her pregnancy.

“Phoebe needed oxygen for the first night and was also tube fed for the first two and a half weeks whilst being kept in an incubator. She also had to be treated for jaundice for two days.

“TinyLife provides support via Zoom calls at the moment due to covid restrictions. They also do phone support, where Stacey can tell them any issues or concerns she is having for Phoebe as well as emotional support for herself.

“They will be introducing them to Zoom classes for topics such as baby massage and play time.

“Stacey’s aunt Julie Walters is buying Easter eggs and donating them for this cause. Donations have also been made by other family members. We will be delivering the Easter treats across Belfast.

“Anyone can enter the raffle. It is on my Facebook (Megan Beattie). Ballots are £1 each and all money will go towards TinyLife. There are some great prizes to be won. It will be drawn on April 6.”

Phoebe was born at the Royal Victoria Hospital before being transferred to Antrim Area Hospital.

Praising the medical staff at both hospitals, Megan added: “Stacey had complications after birth which caused her to be very ill and she was not able to see her first and new born daughter as much as she wanted.

“Stacey was admitted to the Royal on January 14 due to high blood pressure. The staff there were fantastic and she can’t thank them enough for getting her baby girl Phoebe into the world safely.

“Phoebe was then moved to Antrim Area Hospital due to bed capacity and again she would like to thank the staff at both neonatal units as they could not have been better with them, they supported and helped the family through it all.”

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