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Bury St Edmunds: National award for West Suffolk Hospital’s nurse’s care of premature baby

PUBLISHED: 09:33 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:33 26 March 2014

Karen Ranson, sister at the neonatal unit at West Suffolk Hospital has won a 'Miracle Worker' award. Karen (right) is pictured with Emily German (eight months) and Laura Webb.

Karen Ranson, sister at the neonatal unit at West Suffolk Hospital has won a 'Miracle Worker' award. Karen (right) is pictured with Emily German (eight months) and Laura Webb.

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A Suffolk nurse has been handed a national award for the “great care” she gave to a premature baby and her family.

West Suffolk Hospital’s Karen Ranson was honoured with the National Miracle Worker’s Award at last week’s ceremony for premature birth charity Tommy’s.

Ms Ranson was recognised for the care and support she offered Laura Webb and her daughter Emily, who last July was born premature at 29 weeks and weighed only 3lbs 1oz.

The neonatal nurse, who has worked at the hospital for more than 20 years, was at Miss Webb and her partner Luke German’s side throughout the couple’s ordeal, as they watched little Emily battle for survival for six weeks before she was finally declared well enough to go home.

Miss Webb, a former County Upper School student, said: “I remember Karen saying that it’s not just Emily that’s my patient – it’s your whole family.

“She didn’t just take great care of Emily, she took great care of all of us.”

Emily’s premature birth caused all manner of health problems, including a collapsed lung and a brain haemorrhage that meant she spent four days at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge.

After returning to West Suffolk, Ms Ranson resumed Emily’s care and was a constant companion at Miss Webb’s side.

Miss Webb nominated Ms Ranson for the Tommy’s Award, but the nurse insisted that Miss Webb also deserved plaudits.

She said: “Laura showed such strength under difficult circumstances. She was so fiercely protective of her baby, yet trusted us to care for to Emily despite not knowing us.

“I’m so lucky to be doing a job I love for 20 years and to know that I seem to have been making a difference to some people’s lives. It really is a privilege to do this job.”

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