Andrews Story

On the 1st of March 2011, David and Elaine Gray from Keith in Banffshire became proud parents to their first child together, naming their boy Andrew. Soon after birth, it became apparent that Andrew was seriously ill, and was transferred to the Neonatal Unit at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. It was here that the true extent of Andrew’s illness became apparent, with transposition of the great arteries being diagnosed, a life-threatening condition where the aorta and pulmonary arteries are the wrong way round. Andrew was subsequently flown to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill in Glasgow for further life saving treatment and corrective surgery.

Without the services of the Neonatal Unit at AMH, the Scottish Neonatal Transport Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Surgical and Nursing Teams at Yorkhill, Andrew would not be with us today. It is an understatement to say that we are grateful for the treatment given.

As some way to repaying our gratitude, the Gray Family with the generous support of family, friends and colleagues will be raising funds for the Friends of the Special Nursery, to help the support of parents at the Unit, who may find themselves in a similar situation.

One of the fundraising events planned is the NICU 250k, a 250km bike ride from AMH to Yorkhill on the 15th and 16th June 2012, representing the journey that many neonates have to make each year, and in memory of those who are taken away too early. The event will raise funds for the Friends as well as for Yorkhill Children’s Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House at Yorkhill. For further details please visit www.nicu250k.org.uk