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Bereaved nurse helps parents ‘create special memories’

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A Lincolnshire nurse who lost her own child recently has helped raise over £500 to help other parents in a similar situation at the hospital where she works.

Laura Malton, a children’s nurse at Scunthorpe General Hospital, raised the money with her friend Sophie Graham.

“I know how precious photos of your new born baby are”

Laura Malton

The cash is being split between Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust’s charity the Health Tree Foundation and 4Louis, a charity that provides memory boxes for bereaved parents.

The Health Tree Foundation has used its share of the money to buy a “top of the range” digital print camera for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

The camera will be used on the ward for families to record special moments with their babies.

Ms Malton’s own experience started during a night shift on Scunthorpe’s Disney Ward in April this year, when began to feel unwell and went into labour after just 23 weeks of pregnancy.

After a short labour, she gave birth to a boy, Ralphie, who was immediately transferred to the NICU where he received critical care.

“I wanted to give something to the ward that would help other parents”

Laura Malton

He was subsequently transferred to the Jessop Wing at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He sadly lost his fight for life after just 30 hours.

However, while the family were on the Scunthorpe NICU ward, staff were able to take photos to help to create some special memories.

Ms Malton said: “I know how precious photos of your new born baby are, so having a good quality camera on hand can help parents record the special times with their babies when first born.”

“I would like to thank the central delivery suite team for the wonderful care I received,” she said. “My colleagues, who helped deliver Ralphie and supported us through a very traumatic and distressing time.

“I wanted to give something to the ward that would help other parents who unfortunately have to spend time on NICU. There was even some money left to buy a few treats for the wonderful staff too”,” said Ms Malton.

She added: “All the staff on the unit are amazing and because of the photos they took of Ralphie we are able to hold onto his memory forever.”

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