Dad makes marathon effort to thank special care baby unit

Dad makes marathon effort to thank special care baby unit

When Chris Sloggett’s son Jasper was born on 13 April 2017 at Worthing Hospital, both he and his wife Gayle were looking forward to going home and starting life as a family. However, after a relatively straight forward birth, Jasper became very unwell before they were discharged and stopped breathing while still on the ward.

After being rushed to the special care baby unit next door, nurses carried out emergency tests and discovered he had a serious infection. Jasper spent two and a half weeks on the unit and further investigations found he also had an abnormal lump on one of his heart valves.

Chris, 37, a teacher at Felpham Community College, said, “He was monitored 24 hours a day and underwent an exhaustive array of treatments and tests, but he received outstanding care and treatment from all the fantastic staff. The support given to my wife at a difficult time was second to none.”

It was this life-saving care that inspired Chris to raise money for the unit. No stranger to running, he had already taken part in no fewer than nine marathons already, however, this time round, he decided to take on the big one and embarked on a rigorous training regime to get ready for the 2018 London Marathon.

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Dad makes marathon effort to thank special care baby unit

When Chris Sloggett’s son Jasper was born on 13 April 2017 at Worthing Hospital, both he and his wife Gayle were looking forward to going home and starting life as a family. However, after a relatively straight forward birth, Jasper became very unwell before they were discharged and stopped breathing while still on the ward.

After being rushed to the special care baby unit next door, nurses carried out emergency tests and discovered he had a serious infection. Jasper spent two and a half weeks on the unit and further investigations found he also had an abnormal lump on one of his heart valves.

Chris, 37, a teacher at Felpham Community College, said, “He was monitored 24 hours a day and underwent an exhaustive array of treatments and tests, but he received outstanding care and treatment from all the fantastic staff. The support given to my wife at a difficult time was second to none.”

It was this life-saving care that inspired Chris to raise money for the unit. No stranger to running, he had already taken part in no fewer than nine marathons already, however, this time round, he decided to take on the big one and embarked on a rigorous training regime to get ready for the 2018 London Marathon.

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