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Dad's thanks for hospital who saved his 1lb 4oz baby

By East Grinstead Courier  |  Posted: July 03, 2014

GRATEFUL:  Jonathan Rabone, and daughter Neve who was  born prematurely  Picture by Brighton Togs

GRATEFUL: Jonathan Rabone, and daughter Neve who was born prematurely Picture by Brighton Togs

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AN East Grinstead father whose premature son almost died when he was born at less than 1lb 4oz, nominated the hospital unit that saved his son's life to receive a £2,000 grant from his employers.

Jonathan Rabone's son Rama could fit in the palm of his hand when he was born – and his family were told he had less than a five per cent chance of survival.

Despite hearing the news all parents fear, Rama will be celebrating his fifth birthday in July.

The father of two, whose second child was also born prematurely, has decided to support the work of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton by nominating them through his employer's charitable trust, the Yorkshire Building Society's Charitable Foundation.

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The customer representative for Yorkshire Building Society's East Grinstead branch said: "When Rama was born he weighed only 1lb 4oz and could fit in the palm of my hand.

"My daughter Neve was also born premature at only 23 weeks and five days but she also survived and will be two in October.

"The simple fact is neither of them would be here if it was not for the expert care they received at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and I want to do what I can to help them help other families like mine."

The Charitable Foundation supports causes where the Society's members and staff live and work, and has donated £2,000 to the Early Birth Association.

The money will be used to buy breathing apparatus to help premature babies being cared for at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

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