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Parents plan fundraiser to thank medics who saved baby's life

Born 13 weeks early, weighing just 1lb 3oz, little Evie Moynan didn’t have the easiest start in life.

Evie Moynan photo
Evie Moynan with parents Lauren Raphael and Kyle Moynan

But thanks to medical teams in Newcastle and Carlisle, she has gradually built up enough strength to be allowed home – and is thriving.

Now eight months old, the Carlisle tot is putting on weight and gradually reducing her reliance on oxygen.

Her family, who at times feared the worst, are so relieved to have her home they are organising a charity night to help the hospitals that saved her life.

Mum Lauren Raphael and dad Kyle Moynan, of Blundell Road, Harraby, were over the moon to be expecting their third child in May. But when Lauren’s waters suddenly broke during the night over three months early, things took a turn for the worse.

“I went into hospital and they started checking my blood pressure. I’d had problems throughout and it was far too high. They said they’d have to do an emergency caesarian,” explained Lauren.

“We didn’t know if she’d survive but because I was so poorly myself I didn’t really know that much about it.”

Evie was born on February 7 in Carlisle and rushed straight to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by ambulance.

Lauren was still very poorly so couldn’t be transferred for a couple of days. Even when she was allowed to see her baby she initially couldn’t hold her.

Evie was kept in an incubator in intensive care and her life hung in the balance for many weeks. Lauren and Kyle couldn’t stay in Newcastle because their other daughters – Faye, now eight, and Sophie, five – also needed them, so they travelled every day. Evie’s sisters visited regularly, drawing pictures and writing letters to put on her wall.

Until she got stronger, the infection risk was so high that only mum, dad, Faye and Sophie were allowed to hold her. Grandma Barbara Moynan said the hardest part was seeing her but not being allowed to cuddle her.

In total Evie spent 110 days in hospital – two months in intensive care and one in high dependency before being transferred to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the Cumberland Infirmary.

She finally came out of hospital at the start of June.

With her back home and getting stronger by the day, grandad Tony Moynan came up with the idea of a charity night, with proceeds being split between the RVI’s Tiny Lives charity in Newcastle and SCBU in Carlisle.

Kyle said: “They saved her life. We just want to do something to say thank you.

“It costs so much to run those services, thousands of pounds a day for every baby. When we needed them they there. Tiny Lives also gave us money to help with travelling costs and even bought us a washing machine when ours broke down.”

The whole family are now involved in the planning of the event, on November 1 at Harraby Catholic Club. There will be pie and peas, a singer, disco, a performance by Carlisle Dance Academy and a raffle. Evie’s dad and grandads are also getting their legs waxed for charity.

Starting at 7pm, tickets are £5 in advance or £6 on the door. They are on sale at Petteril Bank Community Centre or from Lauren on 07855 066336 or Tony on 07900 195741.


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