Baby Ella was born in London to Tova and Marc Benezra at 26 weeks gestation weighing only 760 grams. She has grown out of her micro nappies and tiny baby size clothes and she is going from strength to strength and she is getting better day by day.
The Bnezra family, originally from Israel, wished to do a generous gesture towards Israeli newborns and they decided to launch a fundraising campaign through the UK Friends of Schneider Children's Hospital and the Just Giving web site. The family chose to fundraise for the purchase of an infant ventilator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Schneider Children's Medical Center. Since Ella was born the entire family has been inundated with good wishes and has really felt the love, concern and support of all our friends and communities.
Tova and Marc Benezra: "We all kept hearing the question 'what can we do to help?' It is for this reason that we have decided to try and raise money for equipment for a neonatal unit in Israel. The equipment used is paramount not only to assisting doctors and nurses with stats and vital information, but also to simply saving lives. Whilst we are currently living in London and Ella has been cared for in Barnet neonatal unit (who have done all along the way a great job), we have heard that Schneider Children's hospital in Israel is refurbishing their neonatal unit. The hospital is considered the 'Great Ormond Street' of the middle-east and cares for sick and premature babies and children from across the region. They are currently raising funds to upgrade and re-furbish their neonatal unit.
Thanks to all those who have already donated, we have now raised enough money to buy a ventilator to help many more babies in a similar situation to Ella. We are so honored that it is in her merit that other babies will be given the same chance that she was. We would like to continue fundraising and hopefully reach our target with your help. With your help and generosity we can raise enough money to be able to make a difference and give these pre-term babies a real fighting chance. We hope and pray that Ella will continue to develop and become stronger, and want her to grow up with the knowledge that in her merit other premature babies will get the same chance of life. Thank you so much".