Kenzie21 Jun 2018, 8:41 p.m.
Baby Kenzie was born 16 weeks early in September 2013, weighing less than two pounds.
Baby Kenzie was born 16 weeks early in September 2013, weighing less than two pounds. At only ten days old, he developed a life-threatening intestinal condition, and underwent surgery to remove part of his large intestine. However Kenzie’s condition worsened, and he was rushed back to the special care baby unit by the newborn emergency stabilisation and transfer team, which is funded by the charity. After a second life-saving operation, and laser eye surgery to save his vision, Kenzie gradually began to make a slow and steady recovery. At the end of March 2014, six months after he was born, parents Debbie and Richard were finally able to take him home.
Debbie and Richard stayed in our Cots for Tots House throughout Kenzie’s treatment, just minutes from his bedside. Without this free family accommodation at times when they really needed it, they would have had to travel from their home in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset every day, or pay for a hotel in Bristol.
Debbie said, "Kenzie’s first six months were a rollercoaster ride and we will never forget the care and support we experienced at Cots for Tots House and from the NICU team. We first found out about the Cots for Tots Appeal when Kenzie was rushed to St Michael’s for his first operation, and it was an absolute lifeline for us.
"Kenzie is now two-and-a-half years old and is a happy little boy with a very bright future ahead of him. He still has some catching up to do with other children his age and is fed through a tube into his stomach, but we are sure it won’t be long before he is running around like any other toddler."
Debbie has now set herself a skydiving challenge to raise £1000 for us, to give back to the doctors who saved Kenzie’s life not just once, but three times. The money raised will help us fund even more life-saving equipment in NICU, including specialist incubators like those used by NEST.