The parents of a little girl brought back from the dead during a problematic birth have donated equipment to help future mums and their babies.
Laura and Andrew Manton raised £4,500 for the maternity unit and resuscitation team at hospital as a thank you for saving the life of their daughter Charlotte almost two years ago.
Charlotte came close to death when she was born at the DGH after unforeseen medical complications caused her to lose blood.
She was officially dead for 23 minutes before the resuscitation team managed to revive her.
The tiny tot was transferred to a baby unit in Brighton where she was given specialist treatment, including being wrapped in a special cold blanket for three days to lower her body temperature. She later returned to the DGH to complete her miraculous recovery.
Her mum and dad decided to show their appreciation for the care Charlotte received by raising money for two specialist beds for the maternity unit and state-of-the-art equipment for the resuscitation team. The beds are electric and can alter positions to allow new mums to move more freely before, during and after birth. The equipment is specially adapted to enable breathing tubes to be inserted easily into newborn babies.
Laura had first-hand experience of the new beds after using one herself just two days after they were delivered to give birth to Charlotte’s new baby sister, Samantha, just before Christmas.
The Manton family revisited the maternity unit late last week to officially unveil the new equipment and to thank staff once again.
Laura said, “We are so grateful and we wanted to do something to say thank you. We raised the money from family and friends with a number of events and hopefully the equipment will be a big benefit to other mothers and babies.
“The care Charlotte received was amazing and it was so nice to be able to bring her back to meet some of the staff who helped her. She loves life and is such a happy child and we will never forget the wonderful treatment she was given.”