Run to say thanks for life-sav­ing care

Funds for Char­ing Cross

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­

A MUM has taken on the Bupa 10k run to thank Char­ing Cross Hos­pi­tal for sav­ing her life.

Laura Ed­monds raised more than £200 for Im­pe­rial Col­lege Healthcare Char­ity when she took part in the run at the end of May.

Laura, who has two sons aged 17 and 15, was di­ag­nosed with a ges­ta­tional tro­phoblas­tic tu­mour, in her womb dur­ing her first preg­nancy.

Sadly the baby died, but thanks to the ex­per­tise of the staff at Char­ing Cross, Laura sur­vived and she was still able to have chil­dren.

The 45-year-old said: “It could have killed me but be­cause it was de­tected in my 13 week scan it was picked up re­ally early. As the tu­mour de­vel­oped in the womb, the baby died. It was dev­as­tat­ing – not only for me but for my hus­band, Stephen, too.”

A ges­ta­tional tro­phoblas­tic tu­mour grows from the tis­sue that forms in the womb dur­ing preg­nancy. Her tu­mour was re­moved at Stoke Man­dev­ille Hos­pi­tal but the team at Char­ing Cross, who are spe­cial­ists in the field, con­tin­ued to screen Laura’s blood for six months af­ter the first preg­nancy and she was given the all clear.

When she be­came preg­nant again with her other sons, Cal­lum and David, now 17 and 15, Char­ing Cross con­tin­ued to mon­i­tor her con­di­tion to en­sure the phys­io­ther­a­pist and her chil­dren were healthy.

“Char­ing Cross were

Laura Ed­monds train­ing ahead of the run re­ally thor­ough with their checks, they were ex­cel­lent. It was re­as­sur­ing to know I was re­ceiv­ing spe­cial­ist care and be­ing dealt with by peo­ple who had ex­per­tise in some­thing that was quite rare. That made a huge dif­fer­ence,” said the mum-of-two, who now lives in Ayles­bury.

Im­pe­rial Col­lege Healthcare Char­ity raises funds for re­search and projects that help im­prove pa­tient healthcare at Char­ing Cross, Ham­mer­smith, Queen Char­lotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary and Western Eye hos­pi­tals.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Im­pe­rial Col­lege Healthcare Char­ity, visit­pe­ri­alchar­ uk


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