Thurrock’s Helping Hands for triplets

A father-of-four inspired a £500 donation to Basildon University Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after he told a charity of the care his triplets received.

Choudhoury Saydee Abdul-Khlique’s three baby girls were born at 29 weeks, with the smallest weighing just 990 grams. Because of how premature they were, little Marwa, Shifah and Safwa, needed extra time and help to grow and gain strength. They were cared for in NICU for three months.

Choudhoury told his friends at the Thurrock Helping Hands charity and they agreed to donate £500 to the unit.

Choudhoury (pictured with his older son Musa, aged 3) said: “The girls are now five months old and although our house can be a little chaotic at times with three babies, it is great to have them home.

“The staff have been absolutely fantastic. All the nurses on NICU, including Wendy took such great care of the girls and us as a family. It’s nice to be able to do this for them and give something back to the community.”

The charity, Thurrock Helping Hands, raised the money through regular membership fees. But when they heard of Choudhoury’s experience, they wanted to help.

Thurrock Helping Hands is a Grays Thurrock based charity organisation, which is working for the community. Shiblur Rahman, the charity’s secretary, said: “We want to thank our members for their kind support and aim to help those who are in need in the future.”

The money will be spent on saturation monitors, which measure the level of oxygen in baby’s blood.

Wendy Rogers, NICU sister, accepted the cheque on behalf of the hospital. She said: “We want to say thank you to Thurrock Helping Hands for such a generous donation as it means a lot to NICU.”

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