Leeds: Global army of knitters say thanks for baby Ida

Baby Ida Haigh with knitting donated for the Leeds children's intensive care unit.
Baby Ida Haigh with knitting donated for the Leeds children's intensive care unit.
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THIS little lady has inspired a knitting challenge which has spanned the country.

Baby Ida Haigh is lying among hundreds of garments contributed by keen knitters throughout the UK – and some woollies are even coming from the USA.

Her mum Kate started the ‘Big Knit’ after Ida’s life was saved by staff at Leeds General Infirmary when she became seriously ill soon after she was born.

Now the Leeds Children’s Hospital paediatric intensive care unit is set to benefit from the bumper collection of hats, mittens, bootees and blankets – as well as fundraising, which Kate is organising.

She said: “I wanted to do something while it was fresh in my head.

“How can you say thanks for saving your baby’s life?”

Ida was born on Christmas Day last year and at a week old her mum took her to hospital with chest problems.

“She got worse and worse, becoming so bad that she couldn’t breathe for herself anymore,” Kate, from Liversedge, said.

The newborn was transferred to LGI by specialist transport service Embrace as she was suffering from bronchiolitis, a common respiratory tract infection which becomes serious in rare cases.

Ida was very ill, but she pulled through and after three days was transferred back to Dewsbury Hospital, where 
she remained for another week.

Kate, also mum to Harry, five, and Eddie, two, said: “She is more or less better now, though we did nearly lose her.”

She decided she wanted to help the children’s intensive care unit, and is aiming to raise £1,300 for a specialist breast pump.

Events and cake sales have already raised nearly £500, while the collection of knitted garments is growing every day.

“We’re going to take them to the unit next month,” Kate, 34, said.

“They can use them or sell them – it’s anything we can do to say thank you.”

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