Bungee jump aids sick baby

Amanda Green, Barrow Hill Sick Baby in Hospital.

Amanda Green, Barrow Hill Sick Baby in Hospital.

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THE father of a five-month-old girl who suffers from a rare genetic disorder wants to raise money for the hospital treating her by doing a charity bungee jump.

Craig Wilson of Barrow Hill is taking the plunge to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where his daughter, Jessica has been for the past three months.

He also hopes to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, where she will be looked after on weekends when she is discharged from hospital.

Young Jessica was born with Trisomy 9 Mosaic, a genetic disorder, which means she has an extra chromosome. Weighing just 4lb 3oz, she suffered complications including sleep apnoea and seizures.

But in January this year, she stopped breathing and was rushed to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, before being transferred to the high dependency unit in Sheffield, where she has been ever since,

“It was awful, just horrible” said her mother, Amanda Green.

The family were dealt another blow last Friday, when on the day they expected Jessica to return home, she caught a cold and had to be kept on the high dependency unit.

Although they haven’t been told when Jessica can come home, Amanda and Craig are confident she will be home soon.

“She is doing ok now” said Amanda. “She is till only 8lb 5oz though. It is difficult because I have four other kids as well, but the hospital have been supportive the whole way.”

Craig’s bungee jump will take place at Hollingwood Hotel on Monday, April 25, where donations can be made in person.

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