Fund boost after death

Kim Hall and Aaron Gooding
Kim Hall and Aaron Gooding

LOVING parents are using the memory of their daughter’s short life to help save the lives of other little ones.

Shotton Colliery couple Kim Hall and Aaron Gooding were left devastated when baby Alesha-Mai died just weeks after being born.

Despite experiencing a normal pregnancy, doctors at the University Hospital of North Durham had to carry out forceps delivery after Kim’s temperature rocketed during labour.

After coming into the world on February 26 weighing 8lbs 4oz, Alesha had to be transferred to Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle RVI, where she was put on a life support machine because of problems with her breathing.

After one day at the RVI, Alesha was then taken to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Freeman Hospital, where she was taken off the life support machine but put on kidney dialysis because she had kidney failure.

Kim, 21, said: “She got transferred back to the RVI but then had to be tube fed from then on.

“Then, on March 14, she became quite ill in hospital and were told she had gone into cardiac arrest.”

Kim and Aaron were called in by medics so they could spend the last few hours of Alesha-Mai’s life with her. She died on March 16.

“We found out that she had had a perforated bowel,” said Kim. “And has also suffered a heart attack when she was at Durham.”

Now Kim and Aaron, 25, want to generate cash in her memory in aid of the two specialist units that cared for their daughter during her short life.

The pair admit that throwing themselves into setting up the fund is helping them to recover from the tragedy.

“The reason for doing it was to help other families who are in the position we were in,” said Kim.

“We feel a lot of comfort in raising money to help other people.”

So far the charity has raised more than £750 from its first fund-raising event, a family fun night, and is hoping to organise a Teddy Bears’ Picnic day next month.

For more details on the charity, search for Alesha Mai’s Angels on Facebook.