November 28, 2017 is a date that Corina Gander will always remember.
The mum of five from Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, had returned home from the morning school run to find her three-month old daughter Daisy, who has Down’s syndrome, looking very pale and struggling to breathe.
Within minutes Daisy’s condition deteriorated and she became a category one call and was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, on blue lights.
By 9pm Daisy was on her way to St Mary’s Hospital in London where a paediatric intensive care unit bed was made up for her. Daisy was diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus.
Her condition worsened and it was a mystery until January when it was discovered that she had lung disease due to silent aspiration.
Despite complications, Daisy, now aged three, made an incredible recovery and Corina has been supported every step of the way by the staff at St Mary’s Hospital.
So much so that Corina, 42, is running the London Marathon on October 3 for St Mary’s Hospital, with whom she remains in touch, having seen posters encouraging people to raise funds.
She is raising funds for Cosmic, which supports the children’s and neonatal intensive care units at St Mary’s Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital to deliver vital critical care, support for families and research.
“When Daisy was in hospital I said I’ll do that for you one year,” said Corina.