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Look at him now! Jayden is well all thanks to hospital’s neonatal unit

Jayden Hodges is now happy and healthy after spending the first two months of his life in a special care neonatal unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Below, Jayden shortly after being born

Jayden Hodges is now happy and healthy after spending the first two months of his life in a special care neonatal unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Below, Jayden shortly after being born

A theatrical mum choreographed a show-stopping performance to say thank you to the neonatal until which saved her son.

Romy Hodges – who runs the Romy Louisa Dance Academy– organised the two-hour concert which saw 200 adults and children take to the stage at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to perform to hip hop, ballet and West End numbers on Sunday.

The concert is estimated to have raised more than £800 for the Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s neonatal unit, which cared for Romy’s son Jayden following his birth three months early in October last year.

The mum-of-one from Aston Clinton was in hospital three weeks prior to giving birth, and said: “I had complications and he had to come out early, but he wasn’t ready!

“The team on the maternity ward and in the neonatal unit handled everything brilliantly. They built a real rapport with me, and the aftercare has been amazing.”

Little Jayden weighed just 3lb 4oz when he was born, and stayed in hospital for two months as he needed help with his breathing. He was well enough to be allowed home with Romy and husband Lee a week before Christmas.

Now eight months old, the tot is just as healthy and happy as any youngster his age, and attends regular check ups to monitor his progress.

Romy, who took over the running of the dance school three years ago, said: “He’s an absolute pleasure, he has a real character!

The dance teacher said the estimated cost of the incubators in the special care unit was around £1,500 each, and the babies’ feeding tubes cost around £50 to change daily.

Romy is looking forward to presenting the cheque to the charity soon.

 

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