Appeal for baby Angelina, as mother walks out.
By Bejay Browne
A PAPHOS charity is appealing for donations of baby formula and milk to help an unemployed father of a three month old baby born prematurely.
The charity Solidarity said that baby Angelina's parents were unaware that they were expecting a child and her birth three months ago came as a shock.
Last Tuesday, the baby's mother walked out on her family and has since been in contact saying that she isn't returning, said the charity's Mikka Heaney, a volunteer.
Heaney said that the father is desperate, devastated and trying to cope with the responsibility of looking after a newborn on his own.
"It was a shock as they had a baby that they weren't expecting. The couple live in Paphos and the father has a back injury and hasn't been working. He is now looking for something which he is able to do, to enable him to support his daughter."
The baby was born three months prematurely at Paphos hospital and then rushed to Nicosia as she was so tiny. She remained in intensive care for about eight weeks. The doctors called her little 'angel', as they weren't expecting her to live, which is why her parents named her Angelina.
According to Heaney, the father said everything was fine when the mother brought Angelina home, but then last week she woke up and walked out the door. She has since called to say that she isn't coming back.
"She may need help as she probably has post-natal depression. She had a baby she didn't expect, which is a shock and the baby is sick and needy. It's a lot to cope with," said Heaney.
Volunteers from the charity are visiting the baby's home two or three days a week to enable the father to have a break and some free time to find a job. They are also helping with infant advice.
"She's a gorgeous baby, and he has run out of special milk, given by the hospital and had been feeding her creamed rice. We urgently need donations of nappies and milk formula. And if anyone has second hand baby clothes such as summer vests, we would be grateful."
Paphos-based Solidarity was set up in 2012 and is headed up by Pavlina Patsalou and George Sofokleous. They are helping to feed around 850 families and 200 babies, who don't meet the criteria or live outside municipal boundaries, and are not entitled to welfare aid. Most of these families are out of work and some don't even have electricity.
Solidarity relies wholly on donations and fund raising events.
Donations of nappies, milk and clothes may be taken to Christiana at the Solidarity office (26220091) stating they are for baby Angelina or call Mikka Heaney on 96 462558.
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