Mum glad to help

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

A MOTHER who lost her baby boy born at 25 weeks has taken on a role that helps other fam­i­lies in the same heart­break­ing po­si­tion.

Lot­tie King, a for­mer PR ac­count ex­ec­u­tive and now carer to her son Oska, has been ap­pointed the chair of char­ity Neoan­gels.

Her and hus­band Simon’s sons Oska, and twin brother Leo, were cared for on North Tees Hos­pi­tal’s Neona­tal ward.

Oska spent more than four months on the unit af­ter be­ing born at 25 weeks.

Leo, who was born four days be­fore Oska, lost his fight af­ter sev­eral hours.

Two years on, Lot­tie has been brought in to sup­port cur­rent ward-based trustees and Neona­tal nurses, Zoe Mus- grave, Zoe Joyce and Jodie Jenk­ins. The move comes af­ter founders of the char­ity, Kirsty and Shaun Lowther, re­signed to fo­cus on their fam­ily.

Neoan­gels of­fers a holis­tic ap­proach to sup­port­ing par­ents on the Neona­tal Unit at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of North Tees and pro­vides fam­i­lies with meal and petrol vouch­ers and park­ing passes along with pro­vid­ing med­i­cal sup­plies and equip­ment to the unit.

Lot­tie, from Yarm, said: “This is a vol­un­tary po­si­tion. The other ward trustees who are neona­tal nurses asked me to come on board.

“They know what I did be­fore, know the re­la­tion­ship I had with the ward, and know how grate­ful we are to them. They are ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.”

From left, Lot­tie King and son Oska with ward trustees Zoe Mus­grave,

Jodie Jenk­ins and Zoe Joyce

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