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Eight weeks early & doing well: A thank you to Aylesbury hospital team

Little Eric arrived early and his mum was also ill, but Stoke Mandeville Hospital came through for both.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:41am 17th April 2020. 3-minute read.

Eight weeks early & doing well: A thank you to Aylesbury hospital team

In amongst all the coronavirus news - life continues and new babies are arriving - including a little premature boy in Aylesbury.

Eric Hurrell was eight weeks early and it's not been the easiest time.

He was born so early because he was so small and mum Katie wasn't well, either, so a decision had to be made to deliver Eric.

But after that, at 1.2kg, things haven't been plain sailing.

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Eric has been cared for at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Dad Grant told us:

"He has been through, in the last eight weeks, a hell of a lot, bless him.

"He went to [the] John Radcliffe for a week and then he was transferred back to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

"At one point we were almost discharged and then he caught a virus and was really poorly, struggling to breathe.

"They tested him for coronavirus and so we were all isolated for four days and he was nil-by-mouth because of the whole coronavirus thing.

"But the team have just been great, supporting us through it, letting us stay there if we needed to and putting us in touch with people to help us out."

Because of all that support - despite everything else going on - Grant and Katie wanted to say thank you to the neonatal unit.

Grant works as a manager at Waitrose & Partners in Aylesbury and so thought he'd try and get Easter eggs for the team.

Eric Hurrell donations
The team were presented with 40 Easter eggs as a thank you

The plan came through.

Grant added:

"People have asked 'how have you coped with it?' and actually it is down to Stoke Mandeville and the neonatal unit there.

"They have just been so supportive and it's just so difficult because you are there every day and as you leave you say 'thank you so much' but you just want to do more."

Eric Hurrell eggs
The eggs ready for delivery

They managed to deliver 40 eggs to the department and Grant says he hopes this gives the team a moment in the spotlight that they all deserve:

"They are just unsung heroes who you don't know about until you need them.

"It's just amazing what they can do.

"This is a really small gesture for the amount they have done for Eric and, genuinely, without them he wouldn't be here now and my life would be completely different to what it is now."

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