Zoe Barr-East is doing a sponsored walk for the hospital that treated her daughter, Ezri, with her husband, Adam East. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
ETERNALLY grateful for the care given to her seriously ill baby daughter, an Isle of Wight mum will be walking in aid of the hospital unit that saved her daughter’s life.
A support worker for children with disabilities, Zoe Barr-East aims to walk a 37-mile coastal route from Bembridge to Freshwater Bay next Saturday, September 21.
The 31 year old, of West Street, Newport, aims to raise at least £500 for the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital for new equipment.
Staff at the unit saved her 23-month-old daughter Ezri after she contracted pneumonia in June, which resulted from a viral-induced wheeze.
Zoe said: "Within the space of a few hours, Ezri developed pneumonia from what appeared to be a common cold. She went downhill very quickly. She was not breathing properly and she had to be incubated.
"On the same day she was rushed to Southampton General and was kept on a ventilator for four days after she turned grey and passed out. She could have died.
"She had to be put into a medically-induced coma and was in PICU for about a week before she was allowed home.
"The worst thing about it all was that I couldn’t hold Ezri while she was unconscious.
"The PICU staff were absolutely fantastic. I can’t praise them enough. They were with Ezri 24 hours-a-day and looked after all of us so well.
"Ezri needs to use an inhaler and we have to keep an eye on her for any sign of colds, but thankfully she is fine now. I just want to give something back by doing this walk."
• Anyone wishing to sponsor Zoe on her walk can see www.justgiving.com/Zoe-Barr-East