Family fundraising for saving baby’s life

Wives and girlfriends from the Woodward family doing the Colour Run in Brighton
Wives and girlfriends from the Woodward family doing the Colour Run in Brighton

Family members teamed up to thank a team at Southampton General Hospital for their life-saving treatment.

Little Oscar Woodward was only a few weeks old when he was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton

The Woodward men at Tough Mudder in Horsham with a PICU member.

The Woodward men at Tough Mudder in Horsham with a PICU member.

Granddad Greg Woodward, of Hillview Crescent, East Preston, explained: “This unit saved Oscar’s life. He had serious problems breathing then was rushed to Worthing Hospital, where a special ambulance from the PICU came to take him to Southampton.

“Eight hours later, he was stable enough to travel. The doctors were unsure if it was a heart condition or a virus affecting his heart.

“After exceptional care and dedication by all the staff at this unit, he managed to pull through.”

The family planned two events to raise money for the Friends of PICU, with the wives and girlfriends doing the Colour Run in Brighton in September, then Greg and his four sons doing Tough Mudder in Horsham with a PICU member.

Greg added: “During a year of travelling backwards and forwards to this unit, each time their care was exceptional. Oscar is now a year old and has been given the all clear but they have said if there is any trouble with him at all then they have a fast track to treatment.

“Therefore, we as a family wanted to give some small effort back to them for their amazing work.”

The family raised more than £1,500.

Matt Woodward, Oscar’s dad, said: “This unit has lots of different age children with heart problems, some needing life-threatening operations.

“The care they give children is like no other and we can’t fault them for what they have done for our special little boy.”

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