Family raising cash to help babies like Jessica

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THE CARNOUSTIE family of baby who was born 16 weeks early are supporting a fund-raising drive to help other sick and premature infants.

Phil and Gill Manson of Lomond Drive are grandparents to three month old Jessica, who only weighed a tiny 1lb and 5oz when she was born at 24 weeks in September.

She is the first daughter of Phil and Gill’s son, Barry, formerly of Carnoustie, who now lives near Stirling with his wife Gail where he is a police officer.

Little Jessica was only given a 50 per cent chance of survival when she arrived early at the Stirling Royal Infirmary as only one other baby in Scotland has survived after being born at a similar weight.

She was so small that doctors couldn’t be sure if Jessica was a girl and she was hooked up to monitors and tubes as soon as she was born.

But her fighting spirit, along with the help of the staff at the hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit, has seen her progress and just before Christmas she was allowed home weighing 6lbs and 2oz.

Now a fund-raising night named ‘Jessica’s Ball’ has been organised by Barry and Gail’s family friend Elizabeth Emmerson and they plan to raise as much cash as possible for the unit.

The event, a black tie party, will take place at the Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling with all proceeds going towards the neo-natal unit.

It will have a Hollywood theme with Britain’s Got Talent dance act and semi-finalists The Fusion performing along with Michael Bublé tribute act Kevin Roger, and former Bad Candy singer Natalie James.

An incubator alone at the unit costs around £30,000 and care for one baby per night can run into the thousands.

But it is hoped as much money as possible can be raised for the unit so they can continue there good work caring for ill and premature babies.

For tickets or further information about Jessica’s Ball, email ultimatecharityevents@gmail.com or telephone 07596104332.