Tribute by Dartford marathon dad to Darent Valley lifesavers

PUBLISHED: 10:17 05 May 2011

Colin, Hannah and Oliver Walker

Colin, Hannah and Oliver Walker


»Hospital staff who saved a baby’s life have been praised by a father who visited and donated £1,500 to a specialist unit.

Colin Walker, 33, of Kingsfield Terrace, Dartford, was so grateful to the Special Care Baby Unit at Darent Valley Hospital he ran the London Marathon to raise money to buy vital equipment.

Alongside his wife Hannah and Oliver, now aged three, he visited the lifesaving team on Tuesday, having donated the money to the Little Buds Fund.

On March 15, 2008, Oliver was born about two months premature and was in hospital for two weeks as the team battled to save his life.

Complications arose when Hannah was diagnosed with diabetes during her pregnancy and Oliver was growing too fast. Hannah also spent two weeks in hospital before giving birth to Oliver, who weighed seven and a half pounds despite arriving early.

Mr Walker said: “The doctors and nurses at Darent Valley saved my son’s life. They are simply remarkable. Before the birth my wife was looked after so generously by the hospital staff that my thanks alone is simply insufficient.”

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