Little Ruby is shining thanks to medics who saved her life

Little Ruby with her grateful mum Jennifer Hunter.
Little Ruby with her grateful mum Jennifer Hunter.
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A mum has launched a cash campaign to thank the team who saved her tiny tot’s life.

Ruby Catherine Dunn was 3lb 7oz when she was born two months early after her mother Jennifer Hunter suffered complications during her pregnancy.

Ruby pictured in hospital after being born two months early.

Ruby pictured in hospital after being born two months early.

She had to be revived after she was not breathing when she was born by caesarean section and spent more than a day in special care before Jennifer and dad Jonathan Dunn, 24, a labourer, could see her.

A ventilator helped keep her going until she became well enough to breathe for herself when she was two-weeks-old, heading home for the first time when she was six weeks old.

Now seven-months-old, her digestive system is struggling because it had not fully developed due to her premature birth and she struggles to keep down food.

But her family say she is getting stronger, as she and brothers Richard, six, and Reece, four, settle into family life together.

If it wasn’t for them, my daughter wouldn’t be here.

Mum Jennifer Hunter

Jennifer, a full-time mum, is planning a fun day at the Floaters Mill in Woodstone Village on Saturday, which will raise funds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

It cared for the 24-year-old after she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, with medics noticing her blood pressure was high when she went for her 20-week scan.

She was admitted 10 weeks later and put on five different medications, but Ruby’s birth was induced when doctors became concerned for the health of mum and baby when the placenta stopped doing its job.

Jennifer, from Chester-le-Street, said: “If it wasn’t for them, my daughter wouldn’t be here.

Jennifer with Ruby and her other children, Richard, six, and Reece, four.

Jennifer with Ruby and her other children, Richard, six, and Reece, four.

“Now I want to do something to give back to them for they help they gave us.

“Everyone thought she looked like a little doll when she was born.

“She has got problems with her health, her digestive system isn’t what it should be because she was premature and she struggles to keep food down, but she’s home now and thriving and we just need to give her time.”

The fund-raiser will feature a bouncy castle, barbecue, a visit from a Peppa Pig mascot, a jewellery sale and other stalls.

It will run from noon until late, with admission £3.50 on the door to adults and £1.50 for children.