Appeal to help Sunderland Royal Hospital unit which saved prematurely born boy

Parents Martin Dawes and Vicky Curry of premature baby Theo Dawes, seven months are to raise funds for Sunderland Royal Hospital
Parents Martin Dawes and Vicky Curry of premature baby Theo Dawes, seven months are to raise funds for Sunderland Royal Hospital
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The parents of a tot who survived against the odds after being born weighing just 2lbs are asking the public to back a fund-raising campaign in his name.

Little Theo Dawes came into the world 10 weeks prematurely when he was born in October following complications during his mum Vicky Curry’s pregnancy.

He was kept in a special incubator and had respiratory care as a result of his lungs being weak.

Theo, now eight months, is doing well at home in Hylton Castle along with Vicky and his dad Martin Dawes, 42.

The family have now organised a charity event to raise money for Sunderland Royal Hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit, which helped to care for Theo.

They hope to generate £21,000 towards buying new equipment.

Martin said: “We’re really grateful to everything the unit did to help Theo when he was first born and since then.

“Some people think because the unit is at Sunderland Royal that only people from that area need it, but parents from places like Stockton and Gateshead have had to use it as well as us.”

Vicky, who is 39, said: “It’s been a really stressful time for us as people can imagine, but Theo is 31 weeks now and he’s getting better all the time. His lung have developed well and now we’re hoping he’ll get stronger.”

The charity night takes place on Monday, May 29, at 7pm, at Hartlepool Corporation Club, with tickets, avaialble on the door, costing £10.