THE memory of a baby girl who lost her fight for life aged just five days has been honoured through a donation to a hospital unit dedicated to saving infants’ lives.
More than £8,000 has been handed to the Tiny Lives Trust by the parents of Lana Kaye Murphy, who organised a charity football match to say ‘thank you’ for the support they have received.
For Karl and Gemma Murphy, the birth of their first child should have been the happiest moment of their lives.
But five days after welcoming their precious baby daughter into the world, the couple were hit by tragedy.
Complications during the birth left Lana, who was born at 42 weeks, weighing 6lb, fighting for her life at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary.
After just five days, surrounded by her grief-stricken parents, grandparents and family, Lana died.
We would just like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been there for us, supported us and helped to make the football event a huge success.Karl Murphy
An investigation into her death revealed two rare complications had occurred and gone undetected – including a blood clot in the umbilical cord so Lana was not getting enough oxygen or nutrients needed to grow properly.
Her death devastated her parents, but the couple set about raising money for the Tiny Lives Trust in memory of their precious baby girl.
The charity helps and supports sick and premature babies and their families, and offered much-needed support to Lana’s parents.
The couple organised a football match at Filtrona Park in South Shields in their daughter’s memory, with the help of close friends, including Andrew Brabbs, a physical training instructor with the RAF.
Raffles and items for sale were also available at the event which raised £1,105, making the total raised in Lana’s memory for the charity to more than £8,000 since her death in October.
Mr Murphy, from Fellgate, Jarrow, said: “We were just so proud, seeing everyone there who had turned out in Lana’s memory.
“I’ve known the lads who played in the football match for years, but it was just so special to see them all there for our little girl.
“It was every emotional for us, but we also felt very proud.
“We have had so many people supporting us, our family and friends, it really means a lot to us.”
The couple had hoped to raise £500 in Lana’s memory since her death.
But four months on have managed to raise almost 20 times that.
Mr Murphy added: “It never entered my head that just four months after Lana died we would have raised almost £10,000 in her memory.
“We would just like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been there for us, supported us and helped to make the football event a huge success.
“This really wouldn’t have happened without everyone being behind us.”
The couple are hoping to be able to raise more funds for the Tiny Lives charity, through other fundraising events and also taking part in the Great North Run.
The Tiny Lives Trust, based at the RVI, is a registered charity that helps to care for premature and sick newborn babies, their mothers and families.
The fund aims to provide the highest quality of care on an ongoing basis and needs to raise at least £150,000 every year to support a range of facilities, staff, and equipment.
For more information on Tiny Lives, visit its website HERE.