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Nurses' Day

Fallon's thank you


"Freyja Samara Stewart was born on 13 August 2012 with a rare heart defect. She was so poorly that I couldn’t hold her for the first two weeks of her life."

"When I couldn’t be mummy to my daughter, Sarah from Leeds General Infirmary was there to change Freyja’s nappy, bath her and read her a bedtime story.

"We had to balance life at the hospital with time at home caring for our two small children. Knowing that our precious baby was in Sarah’s hands made such a difference.

"I left a camera for Sarah to take pictures of Freyja when I wasn’t there, to see the changes in her and she always obliged. She even made a diary that we could read, and a daily routine for other nurses to follow so they knew everything about Freyja’s care.

"For operation after operation, Sarah would reassure us and explain what lay ahead. Each visit to intensive care brought a new challenge but Sarah was that familiar face who somehow made it all okay.

"When I called in the middle of the night, it was Sarah who would pick up the phone. She went out of her way to dress my baby girl, decorate her room and most importantly, make us feel like we were the only ones who mattered.

"All of this made things easier when we lost our daughter at 9 months old. Freyja – my little warrior princess – was too tired to keep up the fight.

"We would like to thank Sarah, Tammy, Hayley, Adrian, Amy and the whole nursing team at Leeds PICU. Many of them attended Freyja’s funeral, which told us how much our little girl meant to people.

"Sarah and I have stayed close friends and I will be forever in her debt. She was mummy to Freyja when I couldn’t be."