A tiny premature baby’s battle for life – and the dedication of doctors and nursers who cared for her – has inspired donations to hospitals in Nottingham and Boston.
Lilly Hope Stratton weighed just 1lb 4oz when she was born 16 weeks premature on September 11 last year.
She was only eight-and-a-half inches long and four of her finger tips measured the width of her dad’s finger nail.
Lilly passed away on January 27 and eight nurses from Nottingham Queen’s Medical Centre, who had cared for her, joined parents Laura Vaughan (34) and Neil Stratton (41) at her funeral service at Boston Crematorium.
Laura, from Holbeach, stayed at QMC all the time Lilly was there and says the nurses were like family.
“I really want somebody to do a TV documentary about premature babies, just to raise people’s awareness,” said Laura. “The nurses are absolutely amazing and they deserve more credit than they actually get. They do the most fantastic job in the world. They not only looked after Lilly, they looked after me.”
The nurses are absolutely amazing and they deserve more credit than they actually get. They do the most fantastic job in the world. They not only looked after Lilly, they looked after me.Heartbreak mum Laura Vaughan
While Lilly was in QMC, Laura raised £2,500 for the hospital neonatal unit saying “it gave me something to do”.
She’s also raised a further £300 but this time the money will go towards a summer party for the dedicated nurses.
Laura, a former support worker, has started a new venture as a market stall holder selling bird seed.
The tragic loss of Lilly, the tot Laura describes as “an incredible little lady”, has inspired fellow stall holders to raise cash for Pilgrim Hospital’s special care baby unit.
Stall holder Dave Burgess said £667 was raised with a charity auction, tombola and collecting tins.
• Laura would love to see more donations go to the QMC neonatal unit but says anyone donating should specify neonatal or it will go to a general fund.