ELIJAH’S STORY – 37 DAYS
Elijah was born prematurely at 25 weeks weighing just 1lb 13oz. He sadly developed necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), a devastating bowel disorder that mainly strikes premature babies.
Elijah tragically died at just 37 days old. Before he died Elijah was part of a study funded by Action Medical Research trying to find a way to identify NEC in premature babies, so that it may be detected before it becomes life threatening.
Jenny, Elijah’s mum explained why they took part in the research “Elijah led a very traumatic little life. He died sleeping on my chest in the small hours – that’s when I joined the fight to stop premature birth.”
This film features the Halse family who share their story about their son Elijah, who was born too soon and led a very short life. It is a moving film so please be prepared. It is a poignant reminder to us all of the importance of research Action Medical Research is supporting to help stop premature birth and help save the lives of babies like Elijah.
YOU ARE KEY TO US TAKING PART
Put simply, without your support we cannot make this dream a reality. Our objective is to involve sponsors and contribute £200,000 to Action Medical Research.
Since beginning in 1952, Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs to help save and change the lives of babies and children.
Surprisingly, medical research tackling childhood diseases is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children.
The prospects for finding new cures and treatments is almost within our grasp. Right now we are funding vital research projects with many more ready to go – but we simply can’t fund them all.