by STAR REPORTER
Davina Greer with Owen (left) and Charlie
WHEN John and Davina Greer decided to have
one more baby to complete their family, they never expected to
Davina found out pretty early on that she was
expecting identical triplet boys and was told that there was a
50% chance they would arrive between 28 and 32 weeks.
But at 27 weeks she was admitted to the Royal
Maternity Hospital at Belfast. However, they didn't have room in
the neo-natal unit for three babies and Davina was taken to the
Princess Royal Maternity in Glasgow.
Six days after being transferred to Scotland,
a scan revealed that the oxygen and blood flow going to one of
babies was being restricted. Two days later another scan
revealed it was necessary to deliver the babies.
Following an emergency C-Section on 7th
August 2006, the triplet boys were born at 12.11, 12.13 and
12.14pm. Charlie came first weighing 21b, Owen was next weighing
21b 2oz and Harry was third weighing 11b 12oz.
The boys were ventilated and taken
immediately to intensive care. They were struggling in intensive
care and couldn't breath on their own and had sticky lungs.
Charlie's lungs collapsed on several occasions.
But worse was to come as little Harry took an
infection and sadly passed away on 30th August. Surviving
triplets Charlie and Owen were transferred to the Royal
Maternity Hospital, Belfast and after about three weeks, due to
a lack of neo-natal cots, moved again to Craigavon Hospital
where they remained for about six weeks.
Davina and John's experience showed them how
understaffed and underfunded these units are so on Saturday 22nd
September John, together with Gary McCarter and the Rev Paul
Dundas (Rector of Christ Church Parish) will abseil from the top
of the Europa Hotel in Belfast to raise funds for the Neo Natal
Unit at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast, which houses
the regional neo natal unit for the whole of Northern Ireland.
The Christ Church Parish team, who hope that
people will be generous as well as coming to support' them on
the day, say that all sponsorship for their abseil will be most
For more information on Davina and John Greer's appeal visit:
Gary McCarter, Rev Paul Dundas
and John Greer will abseil from the top of the
Europa Hotel on Saturday 22nd September in aid
of the Neo Natal Unit at the Royal Maternity