Triathlon smashes ‘thank you’ target for saving baby Oran

Scottish Sea Farms Triathalon 2019

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A Scottish Sea Farms triathlon raising funds for a baby unit that saved a Mull tot’s life has exceeded its target.

Oran’s parents Michael and Elissa Keenan went the extra mile and competed in relay races within the Triathlon at Stirling last weekend. Mr Keenan is a fish farmer for SSF who works at Scallastle on Mull.

‘Together we smashed our original target of raising £20,419 to buy the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital Baby Team a new cerebral function monitor and raised £30,000 – this despite at very wet and soggy first half of the day,’ said a spokesperson for Scottish Sea Farms.

Baby Oran and his little portable oxygen pack was also at the event attended by 500 people.

Some of the Glasgow baby unit’s team who cared for Oran including Dr Hannah Kendrew-Jones  and nurse Samantha Edington also took part on the day.

In total  there were 145 adult competitors across the novice, sprint, relay and Challenger events, along with  60 young competitors in a junior challenge.

When Oran was born at 26 weeks weighing 2lbs 70z on December 9, he seemed to be a miracle baby with all his key functions working well, but when his lungs collapsed, his parents were told on three occasions to prepare for the worst.

Thanks to his fighting spirit and the care of hospital staff he was finally allowed home in April. He will need to be on oxygen for the forseeable future but is doing well.