Local Dad gets ready to take on half marathon as his baby survives surgery

The dad of a baby girl, whose arrival into the world was as much of a surprise for her parents as anyone else, is lacing up his trainers in preparation for his first half marathon to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust.

Luke Darvill, 24 from Haverhill, will take on the Bedford Half on Saturday 2 September to thank The Sick Children’s Trust for giving him and partner, Robyn, a ‘Home from Home’ in both Cambridge and London when their daughter needed lifesaving treatment in hospital.

When Daisy Pearl was born in 2015, her parents Luke and Robyn had just hours to prepare for the new addition to their family. The couple attended a doctor’s appointment as they thought Robyn, 21, had appendicitis, but were shocked to find out that she was actually pregnant and in labour.

Thankfully, when Daisy was born, she was healthy and allowed to go home. However, at only two weeks old, Daisy began struggling to breathe and was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Daisy was diagnosed with three holes in her heart, which were making her seriously ill and her parents were told she needed lifesaving open heart surgery to give her a chance of survival. During this time, The Sick Children’s Trust supported the couple with free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation just minutes away from their daughter’s hospital bedside.

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