Children’s charity funding research into premature births congratulates Laura Trott | Action Medical Research

Children’s charity funding research into premature births congratulates Laura Trott

10 September 2012

Children’s charity Action Medical Research congratulates Laura Trott on her double gold victory at her first ever Olympic Games – an outstanding achievement for TeamGB and a personal accomplishment for Laura who survived after she was born a month prematurely with a collapsed lung.

Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and has spent more than £100 million on research. The charity is currently supporting research in many areas including premature birth as well as others such as meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and some rare conditions that severely affect children.

David Graham, Head of Community Fundraising Action Medical Research says: “Laura’s phenomenal success has come against all odds when she almost died after being born prematurely. Now only at 20 and a double gold medallist she is an inspiration to all. It is incredible how she has overcome the circumstances of her birth and turned it around to create history.”

Every week in the UK more than 25 babies die as a result of premature birth, yet doctors still don’t know what causes it or how to prevent it.

By giving to Action Medical Research you will be helping to tackle premature birth, prevent pregnancy complications that threaten babies’ lives and find the best ways to care for sick and vulnerable babies like Laura.

To learn more about Action Medical Research go to www.action.org.uk

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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:

• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.

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