father touching head of a premature baby in incubator

“Sam was born at the Royal Free hospital very prematurely and with congenital heart disease. We were very overwhelmed! But there was no time to stop and think and we found ourselves rushing between meetings, referrals and the CICU. There was no day or night and I could really feel that very thick cloud of stress and worry. There were hours when I thought I’d collapse of exhaustion and I felt torn between my desperate desire for a 2 hour nap and being right near Sam’s bedside. I had not known of Ezra Umarpeh before, but believe me, I’m in awe of their work. Their room on the Lower Ground Floor meant I could sit down with a hot cocoa and biscuits and get my mind off things. And more than anything was the accommodation so close to the hospital. There were nights when I could not think of driving home and being worried sick that I’m so far from Sam. But that 5* apartment gave me the peace of mind and a good night’s sleep. It was a real comfort to know that some people out there were with me during this challenging period.”

Family K. NW4 London

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