Grateful family says thanks to special care baby unit

Special Care Baby Unit, Calderdale Royal Hospital.'Back, from the left, ward manager Alison Massey, unit manager Kath Barnes and sister Liz Atkin.'Front, Donna and Sean Drennan with son Declan, three.'Sean raised over �400 for the unit by climbing the Yorkshire three peaks.
Special Care Baby Unit, Calderdale Royal Hospital.'Back, from the left, ward manager Alison Massey, unit manager Kath Barnes and sister Liz Atkin.'Front, Donna and Sean Drennan with son Declan, three.'Sean raised over �400 for the unit by climbing the Yorkshire three peaks.

GRATEFUL parents Donna and Sean Drennan returned to the special care baby unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital to say “thank you’’ to the nurses who saved the life of their son Declan when he was born three years ago.

Sean raised more than £400 for the unit by taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge this summer and the Drennan family, of Clifton Common, Brighouse, went back to hand over the cheque.

Donna said: “It was lovely to go back and meet up with the nurses who were so wonderful when Declan was born and needed special care.

“They have renovated the unit and can now care for more babies there. We were able to show Declan his picture on the board in the unit where they keep photos of all the poorly babies.”

After a healthy pregnancy and straightfoward labour, Declan, was born weighing 8lbs 11oz but was diagnosed with a pneumothorax, or collapsed lung, within minutes of being born and spent a week on the special care baby unit after undergoing surgery.

“It is good to think that the money will help other babies,” said Donna.