Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is a life-threatening bowel condition which mainly affects premature babies.
Each year in the UK, around 3,000 babies develop this serious bowel problem and tragically around 35 per cent of these babies die. Those who survive often develop long-term health problems. The disease typically strikes without warning and by the time it is diagnosed, babies are often already extremely ill.
Babies who develop NEC can need emergency surgery to remove damaged parts of their intestines. This condition remains a threat to premature babies – improved diagnosis and treatment are urgently needed.
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New research can save lives
Ever year, thousands of children are born prematurely in the UK.
More than two thirds (66%) of babies born at 25 weeks will not survive to discharge from hospital.
Children born prematurely are at risk of developing necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), a condition affecting the digestive system.
The mechanisms of the disease are still poorly understood.
There is a huge opportunity to save thousands of lives through funding vital research into preventing this condition.