Late Alfie’s charity in hospital aid

Fiona Martin, of the Friends of Alfie Martin, presents new equipment to Leeds Children's Hospital. Pictured from left, Siobhan Conlin, Natalie Duffield, Michelle Bradley, Sue Oddy and Dr Lawrence Miall. Picture by Steve Riding.
Fiona Martin, of the Friends of Alfie Martin, presents new equipment to Leeds Children's Hospital. Pictured from left, Siobhan Conlin, Natalie Duffield, Michelle Bradley, Sue Oddy and Dr Lawrence Miall. Picture by Steve Riding.
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More than £30,000 of vital equipment has been donated to help critically ill newborns at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

A servo cooling machine and mattress as well as a CFM brain monitor have been gifted to the hospital’s neonatal unit, situated in Leeds General Infirmary’s Clarendon Wing, by the Friends of Alfie Martin (FOAM) charity.

The charity, which was set up in 2002 in memory of late Sicklinghall tot Alfie, presented the new equipment as part of an ongoing partnership that has now paid for £250,000 of much-needed technology over the past 12 years.

Fiona Martin, Alfie’s mum and FOAM founder, thanked Gordon’s LLP and the Yorkshire Players Ball, which combined to raise the money needed.

She said: “We work closely with specialist hospital units identifying key equipment that either needs to be replaced or upgraded to allow critically ill babies access to the best possible care. We are thrilled to be able to present this equipment.”

The new brain monitor and cooling mattress extend the hospital’s ability to offer ‘therapeutic hypothermia’ to babies who may have suffered brain injuries during labour and birth. The therapy is seen as the first effective rescue therapy to help affected babies, often helping to prevent children from incurring long-term disabilities.

The charity also bought two ventilators for the neonatal ward costing £50,000 in 2013, as part of its mission to prevent sick babies passing away unnecessarily.

Dr Lawrence Miall, consultant neonatologist at the hospital, said: “The equipment will be used to ensure that the neonatal team at the Leeds Children’s Hospital are able to improve the survival and quality of life for infants across Leeds and the wider Yorkshire area.”

Visit www.thefriendsofalfiemartin.com for information.

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