A CHARITY auction is being held in Ellesmere Port to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The event in August is being organised by Kevin and Kerri McIntosh, of Ewloe, as a way of saying thank you to staff at the hospital who worked hard to save their daughter Hope’s life.
Kerri, 30, explained: “At my 20-week scan, we were told that our baby had a complex heart defect.
“The specialists said that if we decided to keep going with the pregnancy that our baby would only have 1% chance of survival.
“This was obviously a massive shock to both of us but we couldn't possibly think about terminating if there was still that tiny chance.”
Hope was born on August 26, 2008, at Liverpool Woman's Hospital and was taken straight away to the special care baby unit where she was given drugs to keep the ducts open in her heart until she could be transferred to Alder Hey for surgery.
“The specialists were so shocked she'd even survived the birth,” said Kevin, a sales manager at Prescott Hall in Chester.
“They told us her chances of survival were extremely slim.”
She underwent specialist surgery in December 2008 and came back to the ward with an open chest to allow the swelling to go down.
After four days, Hope’s chest was closed and she began the very slow process of recuperation before they could finally take her home.
Hope, who by this time was five months old, finally left hospital on January 26, 2009, but she still needs more surgery.
Kerri said: “We’ve been told that she will never be completely fixed as the damage that was caused in the first few weeks of life to her lungs is irreversible.
“There is more surgery to come, but for now our daughter is at home and enjoying life as every other two-and-a-half year old should be.
“This is why we've made The Imagine Appeal at Alder Hey Children's Hospital our main fundraising focus. We can never thank them enough for what they've done for our daughter and what they continue to do.”
The auction is on Friday, August 12, at The Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port.
Kerri is also looking for a sponsor to allow her to continue fundraising with a possible trek around the ice caps in Iceland.
To donate a raffle prize, offer sponsorship or help in any other way, email Kerri at email@example.com.