Mum raises over £3000

West Lothian Courier - - News -

a mum who lost her baby af­ter her wa­ters broke at 18 weeks has raised over £3000 in his mem­ory.

ni­cola Frew suf­fered from lit­tle-known con­di­tion preterm pre­ma­ture rup­ture of mem­branes (prom) early in her preg­nancy but car­ried her son austen to al­most 32 weeks when he was born on Jan­uary 20 last year.

austen was born with Down’s syn­drome but com­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing his lungs and in­ter­nal or­gans not be­ing prop­erly formed, meant he sadly passed away at just five days old.

austen was looked af­ter by the staff at the neona­tal unit in the simp­sons Cen­tre at Ed­in­burgh royal In­fir­mary and ni­cola and part­ner Mal re­cently held a fundraiser in his mem­ory, rais­ing £3600.

ni­cola (28), who stays in green­rigg, said: “I wanted to let austen’s mem­ory live on so I have cre­ated a char­ity called the austen Muir Foun­da­tion.

“We had our first char­ity event in the Hil­croft Ho­tel and raised £3600. We de­cided to split this money equally be­tween the simp­sons Cen­tre and Down’s syn­drome scot­land.

“I plan to hold more char­ity events and con­tinue to do­nate to th­ese char­i­ties and hope­fully in the fu­ture be able to help other fam­i­lies who are or have been in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion. We passed over the cheque to the neona­tal ward re­cently and are hand­ing over the sec­ond cheque to Down’s syn­drome scot­land at a Christ­mas fayre we are hav­ing to raise funds for our lo­cal pri­mary school on De­cem­ber 7.”

ni­cola con­tin­ued: “I am also keen to raise aware­ness of the con­di­tion as I had never heard of prom be­fore it hap­pened to me. It was very scary not know­ing any­thing about it.”

Do­na­tion Austen’s brother and sis­ter, Bai­ley and Ava, hand over the cheque to hospi­tal staff

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