Llanelli grandparents in funding drive to help baby unit
A COUPLE are hoping to raise vital funds for a hospital which saved their grandchild's life.
Grandparents Christine and Roger Wilson, from Llanelli, have organised a fundraising night at Furnace Rugby Club next month in aid of Glangwili Hospital Special Care Baby Unit.
They decided to support the unit after its staff provided lifesaving care to their youngest grandchild Mercedes and her mother Ruth Wilson.
Ruth was rushed into Singleton Hospital last November after she went into labour at just 25 weeks.
Staff at the hospital performed an emergency caesarean to save both the mother and baby's lives.
Thanks to their quick response Mercedes Faith Wilson was born on November 20 weighing just two pounds two ounces.
Due to her size the youngster spent the first five weeks of her life receiving support at Singleton Hospital. She was later transferred to Glangwili's Special Care Baby Unit after suffering heart problems and chronic lung disease.
Grandmother of 24 Christine said: "She was so small she had to have an oxygen tube to help her breathe and she had to be fed through a tube. There were bad and good days. The staff were absolutely marvellous. Ruth couldn't be there 24/7 as she has seven other children to care for.
"The staff were really sympathetic and helped wherever they could."
Now, after leaving the unit in January, Mercedes weighs 14 pounds and is doing much better, according to Christine.
To ensure the youngster's continued improvement her grandparents and parents, including dad Jonathan, have been given specialist training with oxygen equipment to use in the event of bad bouts of health.
To thank the unit for their continued support Christine and Roger will be holding the fundraising event at the rugby club on September 6.
The evening will include live entertainment from singer Jordan Daniels, bingo from 8pm, and a raffle with a host of prizes including Scarlets tickets, hampers, vouchers, and a signed Coronation Street photo.
It is hoped around £1,000 will be raised for the hospital.
Tickets for the night cost £4 from the club or by contacting Roger on 07979 327728.