Justin raises a cool sum
A father scaled new heights to say thank you to the doctors and nurses who saved his daughter.
Justin Chamberlain and friends climbed Snowdon while carrying an incubator to raise £7,000 for the neonatal unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
The money has been used to buy cooling equipment to help premature babies who are at high risk of brain injury – and which helped Justin's daughter Sienna when she was born in November 2011.
He returned to the unit this week with partner Claire Williams and Sienna to see the equipment.
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Justin, of Burbage, said: "When Sienna was born, she suffered a lack of oxygen and cooling equipment was used to help protect her against brain damage.
"She needed to be inside the cooler for 72 hours during her 10 days in the neonatal unit.
"I wanted to give something back to the people who saved Sienna's life and buying a third machine seemed a good way to do this.
"I hope it will help families who find themselves in the same situation we did."
Justin, 39, is now planning to climb Scafell Pike, in the Lake District, this summer – with incubator – to raise more cash. He said: "The original target was £15,000 and I would like to reach this.
"Money is needed for jackets for the babies in the cooling units.
"Sienna is doing fantastically now and it was good to go back to the ward and see all the people who did so much to save her life."
The coolers slow the baby's metabolism and prevent swelling which can lead to brain damage.
Dr Andy Currie, a consultant neo-natologist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said: "Babies such as Sienna who are starved of oxygen at birth are at high risk of brain injury and in past years there was little that could be done to help.
"In recent years, it has been shown lowering the temperature of the brain by a few degrees can help to protect it from such injury."
"Having this new machine means we will be able to treat more babies."