Tattoos to show Otley mum’s gratitude to premature baby charity

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a mum whose three daughters were all born prematurely has had a permanent reminder of the charity which helped her inked onto her arms.

Mel Metcalfe’s new tattoos feature the Bliss charity’s name and logo.

Her youngest daughter Alice was born 12 weeks early and her other two girls were six weeks premature. She has also suffered a number of miscarriages and a stillbirth, and was twice told she wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally.

Mel, from Otley, said: “We consider ourselves very lucky.

“When Alice was in intensive care I made a deal with her that if she survived I would spoil her rotten, and she kept her side of the bargain. I even appreciate the tantrums, because at one point we weren’t going to get those.”

Mel and husband Chris’s older daughters Stacey Rose, now 13, and Bethany Mae, now 11, have health problems after being born early, including Bethany almost losing her life after developing whooping cough and pneumonia during her first Christmas.

Alice, now two, was born at 28 weeks weighing just 1lb 12oz, and suffers from seizures, febrile fits and a heart condition.

After Bliss supported Mel and her family, she masterminded fundraising, with the latest her tattoos which were done on Mother’s Day.

“When you’re there and going through it your friends and family can’t really understand, Bliss helped us with so many things. And that’s why I want to thank them and make sure everyone knows about the amazing work they do,” added Mel, 35.

“No one expects to be in labour 12 weeks early, and to go through early labour three times was unbelievable. The work Bliss do with parents going through it is incredible, I don’t know how we would have managed.”

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