Run to say thanks for life-saving care
Funds for Charing Cross
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, visit www.imperialcharity.org. uk