By Carl Jackson Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 20/08 13:30
A CHARITY has been set up in memory of a brave baby girl who passed away in her mother’s arms from a rare condition at just two-weeks-old.
Catshill couple Charlotte and Richard Sharratt created Libby Mae’s Little Angels to raise money for neo-natal units throughout the Midlands, which help premature newborns or those in need of intensive care.
Libby Mae was born on April 26 at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and immediately placed under intensive care after suffering breathing problems.
At first she began to improve, waking up and opening her eyes, however she was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for more tests which revealed a vein between her left lung and her heart had not developed.
Consultants met urgently to discuss any possible treatment, however ultimately Charlotte and Richard were dealt the devastating news their daughter would never be able to breathe on her own and there was nothing more doctors could do.
Hours later, Libby Mae passed away in her parents arms on June 5.
“Our hearts have been broken and our world torn apart at the loss of our beautiful daughter,” said Charlotte, who only found out she was pregnant in January at 26 weeks.
The couple were given real hope by their daughter’s initial progress and the news of her condition was the last thing they expected.
“It just shattered us. We got our hopes right up only for them to come crashing down. The condition is so rare no one could believe that’s what it was.
“Babies don’t usually last a day but she managed two weeks. She was definitely a little fighter.”
Both were so grateful to the efforts of the hospital staff they decided to raise money for neo-natal units, first by requesting donations instead of flowers at Libby Mae’s funeral and holding several events since.
However people’s generosity has seen more than £7,000 raised so far, leading to the birth of a fully fledged charity.
“Had the hospital staff not reacted so quickly we would not have had the chance to spend a day with our little girl never mind two precious weeks,” Charlotte added.
“We were able to hold her, see her beautiful eyes and feel her grip our fingers. She was a little character.”
A number of fund-raising events are coming up including 11-year-olds James Gardner and Callum Harding riding from Bromsgrove to Worcester today (Friday) on their bikes.
Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a fun night at Lickey End Social Club and in November there will be a charity football match against Aston Villa Lions and Legends at the Victoria Ground.
Visit www.libbymaeslittleangels.com for more information or follow the charity on Facebook on Twitter.
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