Family's cycle ride to say thanks

PUBLISHED: 16:16 03 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:50 03 March 2010

DARK days of waiting and praying are over for a Suffolk family, whose daughter has survived a rare condition.

By Tracey Sparling

Health and Social Services Editor>

DARK days of waiting and praying are over for a Suffolk family, whose daughter has survived a rare condition.

Little Alice Lambert has just celebrated her first birthday fit and well, and now her grateful dad Andrew is embarking on a marathon family bike ride to thank Ipswich Hospital by raising cash.

Staff at the hospital's Neonatal Unit saved Alice's life, when she was born prematurely at 36 weeks, her body filled with fluid.

Her mum Tracey said: "It was very rare - a one in a million-type condition. She weighed 9lbs 9oz when she was born because of all the fluid, and her actual body weight should have been 4lb 2oz.

"Six hours after she was born, the hospital staff told us they didn't think she was going to last the night. But six weeks later they were able to discharge her. They did absolute wonders in the time Alice was there."

She added: "She's still very big, 11lb 11oz, now. She's such a clever little thing. The consultant still calls her his 'little miracle.'"

Now Andrew, 27, who works at Norwich Union in Ipswich, and lives in Boxford, and his dad, brother and cousin are teaming up to cycle from Hope in Derbyshire to Ipswich Hospital.

They chose Hope as a starting point because it is Alice's middle name to reflect her early battle for life, and now they're glad they gave her that name - because to cycle from Alice Springs would have been a lot harder!

The team includes Andrew, Dennis Lambert, 47, of Polstead, James Lambert, 23, from Boxford, and Matthew Lambert, 29, from Sudbury.

They set off yesterday and will cover about 55 miles a day of the 220-mile route until Sunday, and hope to raise £2,000.

They wants to thank Alton Water Cycle Hire for the bikes, and Norwich Union for its support to Andrew who was a new employee at the difficult time last year.

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