Family of Wakefield boy who nearly died raise money for charity

NOW: The Bradford family shortly after celebrating Thomas second birthday.
NOW: The Bradford family shortly after celebrating Thomas second birthday.
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The parents of a boy who survived after being born extremely prematurely are raising money for The Sick Children’s Trust.

Little Thomas Bradford, who is now two, spent the first four months of his life battling for survival after being born at just 25 weeks.

THEN: Dad Lee Bradford with baby Thomas at LGI.

THEN: Dad Lee Bradford with baby Thomas at LGI.

Mum Charlotte Bradford suffered serious complications in May 2015 and doctors performed an emergency caesarean to deliver Thomas. Baby Thomas was in and out of various hospitals in the first days of his life. He was later rushed to Leeds General Infirmary with a suspected serious bowel condition.

Mrs Bradford said: “It was very touch and go when Thomas arrived at LGI. We weren’t sure he was going to pull through, his little body just seemed to be shutting down. His lungs collapsed soon after we found out he had NEC (necrotising enterocolitis), and at that point we began to fear the worst and called family members to prepare them for the worst.”

While Thomas was having life-saving treatment, parents Lee and Charlotte Bradford, from Wakefield, were given a ‘Home from Home’ by The Sick Children’s Trust at Eckersley House in the hospital.

Mrs Bradford, now 34, added: “It really is a miracle that Thomas survived. Thomas will be told about the charity when he is older. He has recovered amazingly well and although he does have permanent brain damage from being born so premature, it doesn’t appear to have had devastating lasting effects.”

Now the Bradfords are saying ‘thank you’ in a series of fundraisers. Mrs Bradford is organising a Christmas bake sale at West Yorkshire Police’s Wakefield district headquarters, where she works with her husband. Mr Bradford, a 43-year-old communications operator, is also doing the 10km MoRun at Temple Newsam on November 4 with three work colleagues to help the Sick Children’s Trust. You can sponsor Mr Bradford via

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