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News: Design­er Mike’s book will help his daugh­ter’s spe­cial care baby unit

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Person smiling whilst holding a book titled the boy who lost his burp
Person smiling whilst holding a book titled the boy who lost his burp

A Senior Graphic Designer at Nottingham College has launched a children’s picture storybook, to raise funds for the hospital who cared for his premature daughter. The Boy Who Lost His Burp tells the story of Charlie, a little boy with a great talent for burping, who suddenly finds himself in a bit of a jam when a very strange thing happens.

In August last year, Mike Con­don and his wife Kel­ly were excit­ed­ly plan­ning for the arrival of their first child. How­ev­er, the pair were left dev­as­tat­ed after daugh­ter Wil­low was born at just 33 weeks and need­ed imme­di­ate assis­tance from the Spe­cial Care Baby Unit at Bas­set­law Hospital.

Babies born so ear­ly often need spe­cial care and facil­i­ties because they have not devel­oped ful­ly in the womb. Wil­low was one of these babies, and need­ed help with her breath­ing, so had to be tak­en to an incu­ba­tor imme­di­ate­ly. She also had to go through a blood trans­fu­sion and count­less tests. 

Baby in the hospital
Baby Willow was very poorly when she was born.

We knew Wil­low was in good hands, but it was a scary time. As new par­ents, all you want to do is to take your baby home, but we weren’t even able to hold her, which was real­ly difficult. 

Once we knew Wil­low was going to be okay, we then had to spend all of our time in the hos­pi­tal while med­ical staff cared for her for anoth­er three weeks. 

 — Mike

Mike used his graph­ic design skills to cre­ate The Boy Who Lost His Burp, to raise funds for this vital neona­tal service. 

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The colourful front cover

Not all hos­pi­tals have a spe­cial unit like Bas­set­law, and we want­ed to do some­thing to show how grate­ful we are for all the staff. 

They gave us a lot of sup­port and advice so we were more pre­pared for when we were final­ly able to take her home. 

 — Mike

Dur­ing those first few days, Mike and Kel­ly were able to stay overnight in a par­ents’ room while Wil­low was being cared for. 

We nev­er expect­ed to have a pre­ma­ture baby, and I didn’t even know that facil­i­ty exist­ed before. Not only did they help Wil­low, but they helped us cope with what we were going through. 

I had to go through major surgery while we were in as well, so the sup­port from those staff was real­ly needed. 

 — Wil­low’s mum Kelly

Wil­low is now a hap­py, healthy one-year-old, and her par­ents want­ed to give some­thing back to the peo­ple that helped them so much.

Mike cre­at­ed the colour­ful, cheeky children’s book as a light-heart­ed read for par­ents, car­ers and their children. 

toddler smiling wearing multiple bead necklaces and a bow on their head
Willow is now happy and healthy!

The book is avail­able to buy online, and peo­ple can find out more details on Face­book by search­ing for The Boy Who Lost His Burp. It costs £6 and all prof­its are going to the Spe­cial Care Baby Unit.

Two adults smiling with a baby in the forest
Kelly, Mike and Willow enjoying a family day out.

Well done Mike!

toddler holding a book called the boy who lost his burp
Willow having a look at the book
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  • 17th October 2019 (2:41 PM)
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