Parents to raise cash for hospital which saved life premature baby

Arianna was born three-and-a-half months premature.

Arianna was born three-and-a-half months premature. - Credit: Supplied

The parents of a ‘miracle’ girl who survived ‘against all odds’ after being born three-and-a-half months early are fundraising for the hospital which saved her.

Arianna is now aged 20 months.

Arianna is now aged 20 months. - Credit: Supplied

Arianna Suter was born in January 2017 but had to remain in St Michael’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for five months to allow her ‘extremely under-developed’ lungs to grow.

Now her family are fundraising for the Cots For Tots charity which enables the unit to be stocked with the best medical equipment and provides accommodation for parents to stay.

Andrew Suter, Arianna’s dad, said: “We have been inspired to fundraise money for this amazing cause because of the invaluable help it provides to all babies born premature or requiring life-changing treatment, and following the birth of our premature daughter Arianna who was born at 24.6 weeks, meaning she was almost three and a half months early with extremely under-developed lungs.

“We spent five whole months in NICU where our little miracle received incredible life-saving care and treatment.

Arianna is now aged 20 months.

Arianna is now aged 20 months. - Credit: Supplied

“The help and support we received from both NICU doctors and nurses and Cots For Tots house helped us immensely get through some very difficult times.

“Thanks to the incredibly special unit our little girl is alive and doing so well against all odds.”

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As well as accepting donations through an online fundraising page, Arianna’s family is organising a football match for later this month.

The event will take place at Clifton College Sports Ground in Abbots Leigh from 6-9pm on August 24 and four teams of 11 players are required to compete against each other.

The two winning teams will then go head to head in a final match.

Welly-throwing, a cake sale and barbecue will also be raised on the day.

The family is aiming to raise £2,000 for Cots For Tots with the total currently standing at almost £200.

St Michael’s Hospital treats around 700 babies each year and since 2010 the charity has raised millions of pounds for equipment and research.

Click here to donate to the campaign.