I have just arrived home from a meeting with Penelope Hess who is CEO of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation. From the moment I arrived at the hospital, retracing the steps I took as a pregnant women experiencing labour, about to deliver her first child. The steps, or shuffles, many women have taken before me and many more will do in the future, I felt something special but sad all at the same time. As I walked down the corridor past the delivery suite I saw from the window a helicopter preparing for flight and hospital trolley with a humidicrib on board no doubt the home to a beautiful baby, some one's baby son or daughter that, already, at such a young age is fighting for their survival.
Now, I don't have a tragic story of loss and I haven't fought the battle of my life to have my son with me today. I have a happy and healthy almost one year old. But when I hear these stories of the tragedy and challenges some people have overcome and had to endure it becomes so apparent how precious life is and how quickly this seemingly perfect situation can change. It tears my heart out to imagine tiny tiny babies fighting for their lives, parents unable to do anything to help when as a parent that is all you want to do for your child.
Penelope told me some wonderful stories of the ways in which the Foundation has helped save the lives of little babies that otherwise probably wouldn't have been so lucky. And to know that those children are now healthy and thriving is such a wonderful feeling. I honestly spent the majority of my 60 minutes with her with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. You can read about the work the RHWF do in their newsletters by clicking here
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