A MOTHER-OF-ONE is to put her best foot forward to raise £2,000 for a baby charity following the traumatic birth of her daughter.
Fran Williams, from Burton, will be running the London Marathon for Tommys after she suffered pre-eclampsia close to her due date resulting in her baby being delivered with forceps.
Faith, who is now a healthy seven-month-old, was born with a palsy condition which left her looking like she had had a stroke as half of her face dropped when she was crying, although she has fully recovered.
Mrs Williams, 29, said: “I stayed active during my pregnancy and blood pressure was always fine. Then it came towards my due date and my midwife said my blood pressure had rocketed and I should go to hospital. I was told I had pre-eclampsia. I had never heard of it.
“My friend was also due and had her baby at 24 weeks and two days. They were told to say their goodbyes but now they are back at home. It just made me think about it (conditions affecting birth).
Mrs Williams went into natural labour and was rushed to theatre where Faith was delivered with forceps.
She said: “I couldn’t believe that I have always been healthy and then I had pre-eclampsia. It put me off wanting to have more children.”
Following her own research on the condition, the former Robert Sutton school pupil discovered Tommys, which funds medical research into the causes of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage.
She said: “One in four babies die during pregnancy or child birth. One of the main reasons for this is pre-eclampsia, the cause of which is still unknown.
“I didn’t realise how serious it was and just how many babies die. My mother had five children and never had pre-eclampsia so it is really strange.”
Fran has now been picked to run the marathon and needs to raise £2,000.
Anyone who can donate a room to hold a fund-raising event is asked to contact Fran on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 07725408134.
She can be sponsored by visiting www.justgiving.com/franceswilliams1984