A FAMILY has held a fund-raiser to raise money for the hospital which saved their daughter’s life.
Esmae Loaring was less than 24-hours-old when she underwent life-saving surgery, after she was born with a rare birth defect which meant digestive waste could not leave her body in the normal way.
Just hours after being born at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in December, Esmae was rushed 60 miles to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
Once there she underwent an emergency colostomy bypass operation, and was only allowed to go home for the first time after several days.
Esmae, who is now 18 weeks old, faces a further two operations, the first of which will be in next month.
But parents Michelle Hudson and Peter Loaring are hopeful that after such a traumatic start to life, their daughter can now look forward to a normal life.
Michelle and Peter are raising funds for Alder Hey to thank the hospital and its staff for all they did for Esmae.
They organised a weekend of fund-raising activities at the Master Potter pub in Tean Road, Cheadle, where Peter works as a chef.
Activities included a raffle, an auction and a ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition, with a cake supplied by Mills Kitchen in Cheadle.
Michelle, aged 39, of Black Lane, Whiston, said: “I’ve had three healthy children, so it was a huge shock to go through everything we did with Esmae.
“They didn’t pick up anything while I was pregnant, but about an hour after she was born they realised something was wrong. I was just devastated.
“They told me they’d have to take her to Liverpool because they weren’t able to perform the operation at North Staffs.
“Because I’d had a Caesarian section they wouldn’t let me leave the hospital, so I had to stay behind while Peter went with her.
“It felt like I’d already lost my daughter, after just holding her in my arms for half an hour. It was such a traumatic experience.
“When they first told us something was wrong you automatically think the worst.”
“Esmae was also born with reflux and an enlarged kidney, and she is having to take medicine.
“But we’ve been told that once Esmae has had two more operations she should be able to live a normal life.”
Esmae stayed at Alder Hey for three days before being transferred back to UHNS, and then finally being allowed home.
Peter, aged 37, said: “The staff at Alder Hey couldn’t have been better; when I got there in the early hours of the morning they immediately took me to the family room and told me to get some sleep.
“The following day they were absolutely brilliant, doing everything they could for Esmae and us too.”
Michelle added: “We really wanted to do something to say ‘thank you’ to the staff at Alder Hey for everything they’ve done for us. We’re hoping to raise about £2,000 for the hospital.”