Thanks for saving my daughter’s life

040613  Ruth and emily duncan, linlinlithgow.
040613 Ruth and emily duncan, linlinlithgow.

A LINLITHGOW couple have raised over £600 in support of the charity which helped to save their daughter’s life.

Ruth (32) and David Duncan (37) took part in the Great Scottish Buggy Run on Sunday in aid of Simpson’s Special Care Babies.

Based at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s neonatal unit, the volunteer charity is dedicated to supporting premature or sick new-born babies.

Among the many infants they have supported is the Duncan’s eight-month-old daughter Emily, who was born 16 weeks early last October.

Inflicted with severe breathing difficulties, Emily was admitted to the intensive care unit and confined to an incubator for two months.

Thanks to the staff, Ruth and David were able to take her home on Valentine’s Day.

Ruth, a teacher at Grange Primary, said: “Emily owes her life to the doctors and nurses in the neonatal unit.

“Without them she would not be with us today and so the Buggy Run is just a small way to show our thanks.”

“The response we got was amazing,” she added. “I really can’t believe how generous people have been. We only started fundraising two weeks ago and were aiming for £150.”

Born after only 24 weeks, little Emily measured 20cm long and weighed just 740g.

“Emily was extremely premature,” Ruth said. “She was just so sick that we didn’t even get to hold her for eight weeks.

“The experience has really made us think about what is important and I’m sure Emily will be glad she was there on Sunday to help raise money for little babies like herself.”

Ruth is also keen to highlight the importance of paediatric blood donations. At least one baby will need a transfusion every day in the Edinburgh neonatal unit.

She added: “Without transfusions Emily would not have survived. She needed a pint of blood when she was born and three more after that.

“One pint of blood can save the lives of four babies so it is important people continue to donate whenever they can.”