Every day I count my blessings; BABY LIFELINE 21 YEARS ON.Byline: KRYSIA DIVER diver, general term used to refer to many diving birds, e.g., the loon, the grebe, and some ducks, auks, and penguins.
WHEN Judy Ledger was told she could never have children, after losing three premature babies, her heart sank. But instead of wallowing in self- pity, she decided to channel her energy into setting up a charity for newly born babies and expectant mothers expectant mother n → futura madre f
expectant mother expect n → werdende Mutter f
expectant mother n .
And little did she realise that a few years later, her own children would be in need of life-saving incubators purchased with Baby Lifeline life·line
a. An anchored line thrown as a support to someone falling or drowning.
b. A line shot to a ship in distress.
c. A line used to raise and lower deep-sea divers.
Today, Judy lives in Kenilworth with her husband Tim and three children Richard, 19, James, 15, and Sara, 12.
Every morning, she counts her blessings to have the family which 20 years ago was a distant dream.
"Losing three children was tragic," she recalls, "I had black days when I could have locked myself away.
"The nurses at Walsgrave gave me so much support that I didn't want to just buy them chocolates to say thank you.
"I knew they needed an incubator incubator, apparatus for the maintenance of controlled conditions in which eggs can be hatched artificially. Incubator houses with double walls of mud, a fireroom, and several compartments each holding about 6,000 hens' eggs were developed in ancient times; the for their neo natology unit so I organised all sorts of charity events. I even organised a party on a barge, but I forgot to bring the raffle tickets so we ended up using toilet roll."
A year after setting up Baby Lifeline in 1981 - and contrary to strict warnings from her doctors - Judy fell pregnant and was under close medical observation for five months.
"I became so hospitalised," she recalls, "that I ended up talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to the plants."
But apart from striking up conversation with her Venus fly trap, Judy organised several fundraising events from the confines con·fine
v. con·fined, con·fin·ing, con·fines
1. To keep within bounds; restrict: Please confine your remarks to the issues at hand. See Synonyms at limit. of her hospital ward and managed to raise pounds 30,000 for Baby Lifeline.
And after months weeks of hormone replacement injections and round-the- clock treatment from medical staff at Walsgrave, Judy gave birth to a healthy baby.
"Holding a beautiful, cute little baby that belonged to me felt too good to be true. The whole ward was jubilant and the Lord Mayor even sent me flowers," she said.
Five years later, Judy fell pregnant again with James.
But James was born almost five weeks early and had to be whisked into an incubator and treated for jaundice jaundice (jôn`dĭs, jän`–), abnormal condition in which the body fluids and tissues, particularly the skin and eyes, take on a yellowish color as a result of an excess of bilirubin. . And four years after that, Judy gave birth to baby Sara, who couldn't breathe on her own and had to be tube-fed.
Judy said: "When I set up Baby Lifeline, it was to help pregnant mums and newly born babies. Not once did I think that my own babies would benefit from an incubator purchased through the charity," she said.
Judy has become so involved with Baby Lifeline that she is very aware of the fine line between life and death and she confesses to being "extra vigilant" with her children.
Sara, who has just passed entrance exams Noun 1. entrance exam - examination to determine a candidate's preparation for a course of studies
exam, examination, test - a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; "when the test was stolen the professor had to to Kings High School, in Warwick, said: "Every time I go out, mum asks me if I am warm enough, tells me not to talk to strangers and not to cross the road without an adult. But I guess all mums are like that."
Although Judy is a devoted mum, her children have come to accept that Baby Lifeline plays a huge part of her life and theirs too.
During Sara's school holidays she helps to man the phones in the Baby Lifeline office and all three children are often "dragged along" to charity functions.
But there are advantages of having a mum who organises celebrity charity events as her sons recently discovered.
Judy's eldest son Richard, aged 19, who studies marketing at Coventry University The expanding main campus is situated on the east side of Coventry city centre, which boasts one of the most innovative (and unusual-looking) university libraries in the UK. The university is particularly noted for its world-renowned automotive design and engineering degree courses as , said: "Mum is always pretty busy with Baby Lifeline, but it doesn't bother me because I it means I can meet people like the Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys at charity dos."
And reflecting on family situation Judy added: "I never thought I would be a mum, but I am so proud of how they are growing up. It is amazing a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
v.intr. , but in a strange way, I feel as if I have earned them for all the work I put into Baby Lifeline.
"It was worth all the pain, agony and heartache to have my wonderful family."
CAMPAIGNER: Judy Ledger with her children (from left) Richard, James - pictured below in the incubator - and Sara. Picture: MARK RADFORD Mark Jeffrey Radford (born July 5, 1959) is an American former National Basketball Association player who played from 1981–1983. He played in college for Oregon State University, and was drafted in the third round (53rd overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Seattle