Maternity ward receives three new scanners
Derriford Hospital's maternity department has replaced three ultrasound scanners thanks to combination of a bequest and a generous donation from the George Appeal.
The charity was set up in memory of baby George North by parents James and Ruth, of Tregadillett, who wanted to do something to support the ante-natal department at the Plymouth hospital.
It was through regular scanning that the couple were told their as-yet unborn baby had problems and George subsequently died 31 weeks into the pregnancy.
Mrs North said: "We set up The George Appeal in August 2006 in memory of our son George who was stillborn at 31 weeks of pregnancy in April that year.
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"We discovered at his 20- week scan that he had a condition that would require surgery once born. Sadly this wasn't to be."
She said the care and support the couple received was top class.
"George was scanned regularly throughout the pregnancy and through these scans we were able to monitor his progress and make informed decisions throughout.
"We wanted to do something that would recognise the care we were given and also try and highlight the importance or ante-natal scanning."
Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Ross Welch said the couple had raised "a huge amount of money".