Like every young lady when it comes to her wedding day, Becky Newton had it all planned out and her dad walking her down the aisle was an integral part of the day.
So when her dad Chris was rushed into the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough with sepsis – a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection – Becky’s plans slipped down her list of priorities as helping her dad’s recovery became her number one goal.
After seeing the care 58 year-old Chris received from the dedicated staff on the unit, Becky decided to pull on her running shoes and take part in the Great North Run. After completing the half marathon, she dropped in to the unit to present a cheque for £1,177.81 which was sponsorship from the run and cakes baked with help from her mum, Alison.
In between the race and the presentation, Becky had her wedding day which went as she planned, capped by her proud dad walking her into the church.
Becky, now Mrs Newitt and living near Malton with husband Jack, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the CICU team at James Cook who cared for my father. I am grateful for the high quality of care and attention he received, and was so happy to present the cheque to the team.”
Chris, the director of finance at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “I had no real knowledge of sepsis and the speed and catastrophic effect it has on the body. The sheer professionalism and kindness of colleagues from the Trust was overwhelming, and my pride comes from Becky’s desire to run for the CICU team, as well as from the beautiful bride she made on her big day.”