Indebted parents repay RD&E for saving Noah's life
A MOTHER who never forgot the work of Exeter medical staff in saving her new born son's life has raised almost £800 for the city's neo natal unit.
It was nine years ago that Sara Lesh was rushed to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital in Heavitree for an emergency caesarean section.
Her waters had broken six weeks early and the baby was breech with his umbilical cord around the his neck.
Little Noah Lesh weighed in at 6lb – but he had a pocket of air trapped between his lung and rib cage.
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Sara said: "After three days the pocket of air did not disperse and he was struggling to breath so they carried out an operation to remove it.
"It was a very worrying time for my husband Tim and myself but the staff in neonatal were very supportive and friendly, from the doctors to the tea lady.
"He was a large baby and this helped his recovery; we were able to take him home after two weeks.
"The staff were so professional and helped to put us at ease throughout the whole ordeal.
"Noah has just had his ninth birthday, is very fit and loves sport. He is a wonderful son and we are very proud of him.
"We have not forgotten what neonatal did to help him when he was first born."
To show their thanks Sara and Tim teamed up with their friends Ingrid Hunt and Kelly Vogt to raise money for the neo-natal unit.
Together they hit on the idea of a charity ball with Ingrid and Sarah organising the people and seating and Kelly laying on handmade invitations, menus and seating cards
Sara said: "We held an Italian Charity Ball at Exeter Golf and Country Club, the wine was brought over from Italy and there was a choice of Italian three-course meals.
"We have to say a big thank you to all the 80 people who attended and supported the charity – with their help we raised £836.
"The money was mainly raised through an after-dinner raffle and the prizes were donated by Flybe, Fattoria La Vialla (the Italian Vineyard) Back World, the Golf and Country Club and John Pottinger.
"The support we received from all the local people and businesses has been exceptional and we have great pleasure in giving the money to the neonatal team," said Sara.