Family walks for premature babies
THE Bagworth family has been touched by the difficulty and stress of premature births, possibly more than most, but still remain strong.
Last year, David and Claudia lost their daughter, Lucia, who was born at just 23 weeks.
The Bagworths’ two other children were also born prematurely. Diego, now 5, was born at 35 weeks and Noah (now five months) was born at 36 weeks.
Fortunately, both boys survived the early uncertainty and are now thriving.
Before that, Claudia suffered three miscarriages.
Wanting to help others who have gone through the same thing, Claudia and husband David are taking part in Walk for Prems, organised by Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, on October 26.
The group is a charity dedicated to the families of babies born premature or sick.
“We already were part of the group that provided lots of material and support after we lost Lucia,” David said. “The staff at King Edward Hospital also were very supportive and gave more information.”
The experience opened their eyes to the fact that still more awareness and research was needed for premature births.
“There were two reasons why we decided to go in the walk: because both boys were born prematurely and to raise awareness,” David said.
“Ultimately this walk is about recognition and remembrance of Lucia and remem- bering what we went through with Noah.”
Walk for Prems is to help raise support and awareness for the 45,000 premature babies born this year and is the major fundraiser for the group.
David and Claudia Bagworth with their sons Diego (5) and Noah (five months).