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Elijah's story


Elijah was born more than three months early, weighing just 823g – less than 2lbs.

Despite his early arrival, Elijah seemed to be doing well, but things changed suddenly when he contracted necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) – a bowel condition which can strike premature and vulnerable babies with alarming speed. Elijah sadly lost his fight for life at just 37 days old.

“Elijah led a very traumatic little life. He died sleeping on my chest in the small hours – that’s when I joined the fight to stop premature birth.” Elijah’s mum, Jenny.

This is only one story. We hear many others from parents and grandparents every day.

Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK and globally it’s the biggest killer of children under five.

So we’re fighting back. At Action Medical Research we know that by pushing for medical breakthroughs, we can save children’s lives.

Parents. Children. Families. Communities. We’re all working together to raise £1 million by 2020 as part of our BORN TOO SOON campaign, to fund groundbreaking medical research that could go on to benefit millions.

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