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Mum’s high wire act for charity


A


community nurse took to the skies last month to raise money and awareness of an


illness found in newborn babies. Fran Edwards, 31, and husband Paul, 29, from


Abbots Langley, were joined by eight friends on Sunday, September 25, to zip fly across a shopping centre car park in Milton Keynes to raise money for group b streptococcus (GBS). The group, which did the sponsored 400ft long


and 90ft high zip fly, raised £894. In June last year, the couple were at a


frustrated loss when doctors could not diagnose their daughter‘s illness. Fran told My Abbots News that Lois became


poorly at five days old. She said: ―Nobody knew what was wrong and


we were repeatedly sent home, but Lois remained unwell and the midwife sent us straight to the hospital again. ―Doctors then thought she had Down


Syndrome, but after having several horrible tests, which were really invasive, group b strep infection was finally diagnosed. We later found out that this is very common in newborn babies.‖ About one in four women carry group b strep


and 10 per cent of babies infected die with another five per cent being left with long term


health problems. Fran said: ―As a nurse myself and a mother


this is really scary and I strongly believe more information and awareness is needed particularly for pregnant women.‖ A simple swab during pregnancy, costing


around £30, could have picked up the infection. If detected during pregnancy,


antibiotics can be given to the woman in labour to prevent the infection being passed to the baby. After a few days in hospital and a course of


antibiotics Lois made a full recovery and is now a happy and healthy 15-month-old toddler. Fran decided on the zip fly as something


different and fun to do with friends. She said: ―It was quite nerve-racking and two of my friends are afraid of heights so it was a great achievement from them. It was really high, but we all had the support of all our families.‖ For more information or to make a donation


Fran’s friends who took part in the zip wire.


visit www.gbss.org.uk/fundraiser/franedwards. By Tori Giglio


intravenous


Fran, Paul and Lois shortly after she


recovered from her illness.


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