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Kids’ Fun Run helps premmie babies like Dakota

After being born five weeks premature, Dakota Lampard is now thriving after spending time in a brand new ‘baby warmer’ in the Special Care Nursery at Frankston Hospital.

“Dakota is one of many babies who benefit from the CosyTherm, which we were able to purchase last year thanks to funds raised from the Kids’ Fun Run with K163,” explains Alison Conroy-Joyce, Nurse Unit Manager of the Special Care Nursery.

“Management of body temperature in premature babies is often challenging as they can get cold very quickly, which potentially can have serious implications.”

The Rotary Club of Mt Eliza, together with Peninsula Health, is hosting the annual event where kids race the historic steam train at Moorooduc Railway Station on 18 November.

Last year the Kids’ Fun Run with K163 raised $15,000, which was used to purchase the CosyTherm as well as a photo-therapy light to treat jaundice in infants, six additional cots and new oxygen and heart rate probes.

“We are so thankful to the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza and the community who participated in the Fun Run, for enabling us to purchase much-needed equipment to help us provide the best of care for our littlest patients,” says Alison.

Dakota’s Mum Melinda Lampard has seen first-hand the important role this equipment plays.

“Dakota was born premature, weighing 1.9kg after I suddenly went into labour on 23 June,” explains the first-time Mum. “Everything was going well and then unfortunately we had a couple of setbacks.”

“She got a stuffy nose and was very sluggish and that’s when she needed the CosyTherm. It helped her regulate her temperature and start breastfeeding again – it really worked wonders on her.”

Dakota is now at home and doing really well.

“She’s kicking goals, gaining weight every day,” says Melinda. “We’re so proud of her.”

Melinda is thankful for the care Dakota received in the Special Care Nursery at Frankston Hospital.

“The doctors, nurses, the whole place is amazing – any question or concern I’d have, they were always there to help and give advice,” says Melinda.

“I wish I could have taken the nurses home with me!”

Melinda is calling on local families to get involved and register their children for the Kids’ Fun Run with K163.

“I’d definitely encourage other parents to support this great cause.”

“Every bit counts and it’s very important the hospital receives generous donations.”

Registrations are now open for the Kids’ Fun Run with K163. Find out more online here http://www.k163funrun.org.au/