Marathon Countdown: Lisa’s story

05 Mar 2018

Lisa is running the London Marathon to thank staff at Whipps Cross Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit for their wonderful care during the birth of her son Noel, which was a lot more complicated than expected... 

Noel's birth at Whipps Cross Hospital... 

"My son was born in May last year. It wasn’t the low risk birth we had envisaged. Pre-eclampsia and my son being diagnosed with sepsis meant our first foray into parenthood wasn’t the joyous, happy occasion you read about or see in the glossy instagram photos. It was scary, it was touch and go and chuck an NHS cyber-attack into the mix, it was stressful and traumatic.

"The doctors were incredible. The doctors and nurses there worked day and night to help him fight the life-threatening condition. After our son spent ten days in intensive care we got to bring him home. The work the team do there is incredible, and without them parents such as myself and my husband wouldn't be lucky enough to have a healthy and beautiful baby boy.

"We sent flowers and hampers to the medical team but that was never going to be enough to say thank you for saving him. Then I found out I’d secured a ballot place for this year’s marathon, against all the odds and out of all the people that applied. And so I set the wheels in motion to run it to raise money for the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.

A marathon during maternity leave

"What’s been the most difficult thing is working the training around getting very little sleep. Training plans also have regularly been abandoned if he’s teething or ill and I don’t want to leave him.  It’s totally exhausting, I also had an emergency caesarean section which has added an extra layer of fun! But all this aside the training has given me the time and clarity I needed to process everything that happened. There is no denying from my perspective it has helped me hugely mentally. Running a marathon isn’t for everyone, but running has been my saviour and helped me deal with a hugely difficult trauma.”

Barts Charity supporting the Whipps Cross Maternity Unit 

Thank you so much Lisa for supporting Barts Charity and Whipps Cross Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit. We're excited to have recently awarded a grant for £6.8 million to remodel the Special Care Baby Unit along with six other areas of the maternity service, bringing the 'tired' facilities up to the same high standard as the care that the staff give - read more here and sponsor Lisa below! 

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