St Leonards couple’s fundraising ball for Conquest Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit

Cheryl Smart pictured with her baby, Mia. SUS-150306-161535001
Cheryl Smart pictured with her baby, Mia. SUS-150306-161535001

A grateful mother and father are holding a charity ball next month to raise money for the Conquest Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

Cheryl Smart, 26, of Buckingham Road, St Leonards, and her husband, Lee, decided to organise the event, saying the care their baby daughter received at the hospital saved her life.

Baby Mia was born prematurely on January 19 this year five weeks early and needed emergency treatment for the first month of her life.

Cheryl said: “Mia was very small for gestation, only weighing a small 3lbs 12oz when she was born.

“Doctors don’t know why Mia was born so early.

“If it wasn’t for the Conquest’s Special Care Baby Unit she wouldn’t have received the immediate treatment she required.

“Mia was taken into the high dependency ward straight away where she received care for two days in an incubator under ultra violet light and monitored constantly, and then was in medium dependency for a further week.

“After she came out she had to go back in as Mia had a really bad reflux. Her food canal was not fully developed and she remained in hospital for a forther six days.

“Mia nearly had to have a blood transfusion, as she had no white blood cells. If it hadn’t been for the care she received at the Conquest, she would have died.

“Thanks to all the amazing staff and nurses in this unit Mia got her strength up and is now doing amazingly well in the family home now four-and-a-half months old and weighing 7lbs 7oz.

“I am organising the charity ball to raise money for the Conquest Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit to recognise the exemplary work of its staff.”

The Special Care Baby Unit at the Conquest Hospital provides support to obstetric services. Babies born prematurely or with underlying medical conditions are cared for at the unit.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust runs both the Conquest and Eastbourne District General Hospital, as well as community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Rye and Uckfield and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries and in people’s homes.

The ball, which is on Saturday, July 11, from 7pm to 1am the next morning, will be held at the Masonic Hall in East Ascent, St Leonards.

There will be live music from The Shiny Shoes, as well as raffles and auctions. Tickets are £32.50 per person and are available by emailing or by ringing 07557 805443.

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