Ilkeston mum gives back to premature baby unit

Kimberley Mitchell with baby Peyton, she is raising money for the neo natal unit at Derby hospital as a thank you for the great care she received when her baby was 8 weeks early.
Kimberley Mitchell with baby Peyton, she is raising money for the neo natal unit at Derby hospital as a thank you for the great care she received when her baby was 8 weeks early.

An Ilkeston mum is holding an event as a thank-you to nurses who cared for her premature baby.

Kimberley Mitchell, 22, of Monyash Close, said it was a big shock when her daughter Peyton was born eight weeks before her due date of November 22, weighing just three pounds 12 ounces.

Tiny baby Peyton was rushed to the neo-natal intensive care unit at the Royal Derby Hospital where she spent almost three weeks hooked up to a feeding tube. She was allowed home on the 20th day. Six weeks on and she now weighs six pounds five ounces and will have to go back to the unit for check ups for a heart murmur.

Kimberley said: “I went to hospital on the Thursday and was rushed to the labour ward and had her on Friday morning. I didn’t know what to expect because she is my first child.

“It was a big shock but the nurses just did such an amazing job and provided an amazing quality of care - I thought it would be good to give something back.”

Kimberley added: “I want to pay for a new pushchair for the unit. They have two old pushchairs, one has a broken wheel.”

The Christmas fair will be held on December 6 at Cotmanhay Church on Vicarage Street between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. There will be a variety of craft stalls selling Christmas goodies and gifts, refreshments and a raffle.

Kimberley’s mum, Tracey Bennett, said: “The unit was absolutely brilliant with their care for our special baby, who is now home and thriving.

“Kimberley is a single mum and she spent every day of the three weeks Peyton was in hospital by her side, feeding, changing and learning from the nurses within the unit.”