Thetford parents’ cash vow after battle to save baby Charlotte

The parents of a four-day-old baby who died less than a fortnight ago have pledged to raise �1,000 in gratitude to the doctors who fought to save her life.

Charlotte Marie Dorling was born by caesarean section to Kinty Jurkane, 19, and Antony Dorling, 20, on March 7 but had difficulty breathing.

The baby, who was on a ventilator, was transferred from the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds to Addenbrooke's in Cambridge, where she died on March 11.

Mr Dorling, of St Martin's Way, Thetford, who does not work, said: 'On the Saturday she was asleep and had a bit of a cry and we went home.

'We called to see how she was and they said she wasn't doing very well.


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'We went back up there and I knew something was wrong when the doctor asked us to wait outside for a minute.

He said her heart failed as they were changing her antibiotics.

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'It was a big shock.'

Doctors tried for 40 minutes to save Charlotte and now her parents hope to raise as much money as possible for Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (ACT), to be used in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Mr Dorling, who also lost his baby boy, Zachary Brown, at two weeks old when he was 16, and who spent a month himself in Addenbrooke's when he was born with feeding problems, low blood sugar and jaundice, hopes to organise bag packing at a local supermarket, and possibly take part in a parachute jump to help with the fundraising.

He added: 'We're just being strong for each other and taking it bit by bit.

'It's always on our minds but it's something we've got to support each other through.

'Doing the fundraising will help and this is what she would have wanted us to do.

'They spent nearly an hour trying to get her going again and we want to thank them for all the hard work they did.'

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/charlottemariedorling

rebecca.gough@archant.co.uk

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