New equipment to save the lives of babies donated to St Mary’s hosptial Paddington after �90,000 fundraising campaign

Life-saving equipment for newborn babies was donated to a Paddington hospital this week.

Independent charity The Winnicott Foundation handed over the specialist cooling units, worth �90,000, to St Mary’s Hospital in Praed Street on Tuesday.

The technology lowers a baby’s body temperature to allow their brain to recover if they are deprived of oxygen at birth, successfully preventing death or brain damage in almost half of cases.

Charlotte and David Mines, from Richmond in Surrey, raised �18,000 for the equipment after their son William received cooling treatment at St Mary’s soon after he was born in July 2011.

Charity trustee Elliot Lipton said: “My twins, who were born prematurely, spent 14 weeks on the unit at St Mary’s Hospital and since then many more babies have benefited from the specialist equipment here.

“The partnership between The Winnicott Foundation and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has changed and touched the lives of many parents and their children.”