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21st Oct, 2021

Redditch baby youngest person to take on marathon for Birmingham Children's Hospital

Harry Leach 3rd Mar, 2021

A SIX-MONTH old boy from Redditch has set records after becoming the youngest person to complete a marathon for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Baby Theo took on the charity’s Red Runners challenge with the help of his mum, Becky Davies, and raised more than £300 in the process.

Becky, aged 33, walked every day for a week with Theo in a pushchair to complete the 26.2 miles.

The pair decided to raise cash for the hospital to thank staff for saving Theo’s life when he was just a few hours old.

Doctors diagnosed Theo with congenital pneumonia after noticing his oxygen levels were extremely low.

Fortunately, thanks to the quick work, skills and knowledge of the staff at the hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Theo began to show signs of improvement with a ventilator and antibiotics alone.

Becky said: “We’ll never be able to thank the staff at the hospital enough for everything they did for Theo.

“Taking on the Red Runners marathon seemed like a great way to show our appreciation.

“We were able to take on the distance at our own pace, in our own time, which meant it was more than achievable.

“Theo has a shiny medal to treasure now too.”

Miranda Williams, head of public fundraising at the charity, added: “Theo is definitely our youngest Red Runner and with Becky’s help he’s raised a fantastic amount which will go towards supporting other patients and families.”

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