A father keen to show his gratitude to those who helped him and his wife through a ‘nightmare’ ordeal after the birth of their children is preparing for a tough challenge.
Robert and Roxanne Block’s twins were six weeks premature when they were delivered by ceasarean section at West Suffolk Hospital on August 18, 2015. Felix weighed 5lb 1oz and Elodie 4lb 2oz.
But Elodie, the oldest by two minutes, was born with an undiagnosed diaphragmatic hernia – something which occurs in one in 2,500 births – and was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where she underwent life-saving surgery at three days old.
Felix was discharged from West Suffolk after two weeks while Elodie spent 28 days at Addenbrooke’s.
Roxanne said: “It’s really stressful having two babies in two different hospitals.
“It’s the stuff of nightmares, having to leave one to see the other, and it was awful, but Addenbrooke’s saved her life and we’re so grateful.
“West Suffolk Hospital were amazing with Felix and Elodie as well.”
Now the twins are healthy 18 month olds, their father is working hard to prepare for a sponsored Tough Mudder – a 12 mile mud run with 20 obstacles – in Grantham on May 20.
Robert, who will take part with six friends, has been training at The Playground’s 1km assault course in Barrow.
He has taken on the challenge in aid of Addenbrooke’s Rosie Hospital, where Elodie stayed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Sick Children’s Trust which provides free accommodation for families with sick children in hospital.
“It was such a life-saver because we were going to sleep in our car until someone told us about the charity,” said Roxanne.
She thanked those who are taking part in the challenge.
“For them to be taking up so much of their time, it really means a lot.”
To sponsor Robert, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/elodie