A Stowmarket family have praised the ‘home from home’ they received from The Sick Children’s Trust when their twin daughters were born.
Geoff and Kelly Anthony’s daughters Pippa and Ruby were born at West Suffolk Hospital on June 28 last year.
But after a long brave battle, Ruby died on October 25.
Soon after she was born Ruby was rushed to intensive care after turning blue.
Tests later showed that she had Down’s Syndrome as well as problems with her heart, pulmonary hypertension, liver malformations and dangerously high lung pressure.
The Sick Children’s Trust offered the family a ‘home from home’ to stay at when Ruby was transferred to The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge.
Kelly said: “The first days of looking after two new-born babies was so demanding and tiring that both of us were left with little energy for travelling, so having somewhere to stay that was within the hospital was just perfect.”
Ruby was later transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where again the family were offered a place to stay. After being transferred to King’s College Hospital, Ruby took a turn for the worse and was rushed back to GOSH.
But there was nothing more the doctors could do and she passed away peacefully in her parent’s arms.
“We could always be by Ruby’s side because of the charity and now every moment spent with Ruby is a special memory treasured by us forever.”
The charity’s Big Chocolate Tea Party asks the public to host chocolate-tea themed fund-raising parties this April. To register visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org/bigchoctea