A nursing sister who provided emotional support as well as medical care to a premature baby and her family has been nominated for an award.
Laura Webb and Luke German’s daughter Emily was born prematurely in July 2013.
During the six weeks Emily spent on West Suffolk Hospital’s neonatal ward the family was supported by sister Karen Ranson.
Laura, 24, of Bury St Edmunds said: “She was not just a nurse. I gave birth and that’s it. You do not know what she looks like, how much she weighs, what’s wrong with her.
“She was the one who made me feel more comfortable, told me what the wires meant and that it was not as bad as it looked.”
Emily, was born almost 11 weeks early, weighing 3lb 1oz.
A collapsed lung and brain haemorrhage meant she spent four days at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Upon returning to West Suffolk, Karen, who has worked on the neonatal unit for 23 years, resumed Emily’s care.
Laura said: “Everyone was brilliant but Karen used to spend time with me, used to pull up a chair and talk to me.
“She just stood out and the words thank you don’t even cover it, she really was Emily’s angel.”
The continuity of Karen’s care allowed her to corroborate Laura’s observations and provide reassurance when she left the hospital to care for her 15-month-old son, Henry.
In recognition of the care Karen gave Laura nominated her for a Tommy’s award.
Karen is among three people short-listed for the Hologic Miracle Workers Award.
Karen said it was ‘brilliant’ to see Emily thriving.
She said: “I consider myself so fortunate to have had such a rewarding job, where after 20 years in neonatal nursing , I can truly say there is not another job I would rather do.”