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Saturday 16 December 2017

Dad who saw his wife suffer seven miscarriages and death of baby girl running marathons to raise to funds

Ger Thompson
Ger Thompson

A FATHER who went through the hell of seeing his wife suffer seven miscarriages as well as the tragic death of their first baby girl is to run the London City Marathon next month to raise funds for premature babies.

Limerick man Ger Thompson has already raised thousands of euro for the Limerick Maternity Hospital and its Neo Natal Unit.

It was in the Limerick specialist baby care unit that Ger and his wife Noreen's second baby, Ellianna Hope, was cared for by staff after her premature birth three years ago.

Ger (36) is also studying for his Junior Cert exams after returning to education as a mature student.

"I'm running the London City Marathon on April 26 for a charity called Bliss, they look after premature babies.

"It started off when I decided to run the Dublin City Marathon in 2013, and then I thought why don't I do a couple of different marathons around the world for different organisations that are involved with premature babies," Ger explained.

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Having already raised over €11,000 for premature baby organisations in Ireland and the UK, Ger, from Murroe, started a charity Halloween Ball last November in memory of his first born daughter Kayla, who passed away at 22-weeks-old.

"The staff at the Neo Natal unit in Limerick are probably, without a doubt, the hardest working in the maternity hospital. They have contracts to say they can't go on strike. The work they do is vital for babies like Ellianna to survive.

"For the two weeks that Ellianna was in the Neo Natal unit, the staff there were surrogate parents. They are special people," Ger added.

"I'm hoping someone will read this story, so one of the super millionaires out there can sponsor me for the Boston Marathon or the New York Marathon.

"If someone reads this and I can get a bit of sponsorship for more marathons, that's great. Or, even if my story can just give someone that has suffered miscarriages a bit of hope," he said.

To sponsor Ger email him at gerthompson23@yahoo.co.uk.

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