Mum raises over £3000
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