Stepping out in memory of their daughter Jasmine

Amanda and Jonathan Barton, with daughter Olivia, present a cheque for The Jane's Big Push to midwives Jane Shutt, Anne Graham and Regan Dee

Amanda and Jonathan Barton, with daughter Olivia, present a cheque for The Jane's Big Push to midwives Jane Shutt, Anne Graham and Regan Dee

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A couple from Anagh Coar raised £660 towards refurbishing the maternity unit at Noble’s Hospital in memory of their daughter Jasmine.

Jonathan and Amanda Barton, who have a four-year-old daughter Olivia, were keen to thank the midwives and doctors who cared for them.

Their second baby, Jasmine Grace, was diagnosed with the hydrops fetalis, characterised by swelling in the foetus, when Amanda was 27 weeks pregnant and after tests was given just a 5 per cent chance of survival.

She was delivered by emergency caesarean section at 31 weeks in July last year and was alive for seven and a half hours.

The couple raised the money for The Jane’s Big Push by walking 32.5 miles to Peel in the Parish Walk, and presented the cheque last week.

Amanda said: ‘The care Jasmine, Jonathan and I received from the special care baby unit during her short life was outstanding. I stayed in the Jane for four nights and I received amazing care from the midwives and doctors. Nothing was ever any trouble and they welcomed our family and friends.’

When they heard about The Jane’s Big Push they decided to do the Parish Walk: ‘It gave us something positive to aim for and we were able to say thank you and give something back.’

Money raised includes £45 from midwives. The campaign aims to raise £20,000 to refurbish two rooms on the labour ward into a home-from-home birthing room.

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