Poorly children at a Leeds hospital are to benefit from the legacy of a baby cared for by doctors there.
Ryan and Lyndsey Senior presented Leeds Children’s Hospital with equipment worth £50,000 thanks to fundraising in memory of their daughter Isabella Grace.
She was born six months prematurely in November 2011, but died two-and-a-half months later from a lung condition.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals paediatric intensive care consultant Dr Catherine Penrose, who led the team caring for Isabella Grace, said: “During the time they were here Ryan and Lyndsey became like family to us and they could see the type of equipment we use in the unit gives very sick children the best chances of survival.”
Isabella Grace was born at Calderdale Royal Hospital but in late December became ill and was transferred to LGI suffering from a severe form of bronchiolitis. She fought for 40 days but lost the battle in February 2012.
Ryan, a police officer in Bradford, and his wife fundraised for a year to buy the new advanced ventilator, which is similar to one Isabella Grace was put on and has already been used to help two children. The thermal baby warmer keeps the infant warm and allows chest x-rays to be taken without disturbing them.
Dr Penrose added: “Sadly it wasn’t possible to save Isabella Grace but Ryan and Lyndsey are such wonderful, unselfish parents that they decided – despite their grief – to take all their energy and plough it into something positive and fundraise for this equipment to help give other children the best possible chance of life.
“We will never be able to thank them enough for what they and their family and friends have done.”