Parents donate wedding gifts to unit that saved their son
A COUPLE have donated their wedding gifts to the hospital unit which cared for their son, who was given only a 60 per cent chance of survival after being born 14 weeks early.
Harrowing memories of the birth of their second child Logan were pushed aside as Natasha Tinn, 35, and 30-year-old Lee Stephens, from St Agnes, tied the knot at the Carnmarth Hotel in Newquay.
Two years ago Natasha was rushed to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for an emergency caesarean 26 weeks and six days into her pregnancy.
She said: "I had no reason to suspect anything was wrong. I'd had a completely normal pregnancy and birth with my first child, Mya, so it was just such a shock."
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Logan Tinn-Stephens was born on May 9, 2011, weighing just 894g.
"The first time I saw him I just remember thinking, 'He's so tiny'," said his mother.
"I mean, my dad's grown cucumbers which weigh more than he did."
The worried parents were told there was a 40 per cent chance Logan would not survive more than 72 hours.
"It was a scary time, made worse by the fact that I was put on a ward with mothers who had healthy babies and I didn't even know if I was going to take mine home," Natasha said.
But Logan pulled through, and after 15 days was transferred to the neonatal unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro where he spent a further three and a half months in an incubator and a hot cot, and the couple were finally allowed to take their son home on August 15, 2011, a day before his due date.
Natasha said: "It was one of the best days of my life. We were both just so pleased that he was home and that all four of us were under one roof. Mya was so excited."
Two years later the couple decided to ask their wedding guests to donate to the neonatal unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital instead of giving gifts.
"We didn't need anything and we had always talked about doing a fundraiser to say 'Thank you'," she said.
The couple presented the £1,558 raised to the neonatal unit yesterday.
Logan is now healthy apart from slight scarring on his lungs.