My son and I nearly died - I'm so grateful to the experts
I'm running for APEC because I suffered with pre-eclampsia from 28 weeks during my first pregnancy and ended up having an emergency c-section at 30 weeks to prevent me and my son dying. Not enough people are aware of how serious a condition it is. Eoin was born weighing 2lb 6.5 oz and spent 7.5 weeks in Bath RUH NICU. They were amazing. He is now 8 and no lasting problems - I am so grateful that we had a team of pre-eclampsia experts around us.
I want other parents to know the signs of pre-eclampsia
I suffered with pre and post eclampsia and was unaware of the signs until I was sent in at 26 plus 5 days pregnant. If it wasn't for the nurses and doctors. I may have not been here today. So I want to raise awareness so mums can be aware of the signs to look for.
I hope other families won't have to face the same devastation as us
I am running the London Marathon 2017 for APEC to raise awareness about pre-eclampsia. It devastated my wife and I two years ago when our baby boy Tom died. I want to raise money in the hope that other families in the future won't have to face what we did..
APEC resources have been a great source of knowledge and skills during my midwifery career
I've worked as a Midwife throughout the UK and overseas for over 10 years and I've seen and cared for women with Pre-eclampsia across the spectrum my entire career. I owe a great deal of my knowledge and skills to APEC! I've attended numerous study days and often advise women and families recovering from pre-eclampsia to access APEC resources.
I want to raise awareness of this scary condition
My wife was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia during the pregnancy of my first daughter and we knew nothing about this scary condition. I don't want people to have to go through what we did so if I can help APEC by raising money as I run then I am more than happy to do that.
I have witnessed the tragedy of pre-eclampsia first hand
I have witnessed the distress and unbelievable tragedy that no parents should have to go through as a result of pre-eclampsia, and it's as a parent I feel I need to help and do my bit to support the cause.
I want to help make pregnancy safer
I had severe pre-eclampsia during my first pregnancy resulting in my baby girl being delivered 8 weeks early. We were lucky but others are not. I want to help keep women and babies safe during their pregnancies by helping APEC fund vital research into this life threatening condition.
I feel very lucky my twin boys and I survived
I had pre-eclampsia with the pregnancy for my twin boys who are now 3 years old, It was a very frightening time, requiring a c-section at 34 weeks and constant monitoring throughout the end of my pregnancy and the twins being in the special care unit for 2 weeks. I'm very lucky we all survived and this is why I have chosen APEC to run for.
APEC's work to educate and provide support is incredibly important to me
Until recently I was completely unaware of pre-eclampsia, Then my brother Dave and his wife Becky were diagnosed with pre-eclampsia while pregnant with their first child. Becky became very ill very quickly and a decision had to be made to deliver my new niece (Emmeline) by C-section 7 weeks premature. Due to the incredible care at Surrey hospital given to the Dave, Becky and amazing Emmeline, all came through the birth reasonably well. Needless to say APEC's work is now incredibly important to me. They work to educate and increase awareness of pre-eclampsia and how best to deal with it and provide support before and afterwards.
We of course would like to thank all our wonderful runners, without them we simply couldn't fund many of the projects we do. Raising money by running the London Marathon is a massive ask; an emotional thing that people do not take on lightly and we are incredibly grateful to them all.
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