“Those first few days and weeks with a new baby are meant to be the happiest time of your lives, but we were going through hell,” says Scarlett’s mum Abbie. New mothers expect to leave hospital with their healthy baby the next day. But it took five weeks before Scarlett Fifield was allowed home with her parents.
An inspiring evening was enjoyed by 100 supporters when Action Medical Research hosted a diamond anniversary reception at the Institute of Child Health in London.
This year we’re celebrating 60 years of vital research. The charity was founded in 1952 by Duncan Guthrie in his quest to find a cure for the deadly disease polio. Our early research contributed to the development and rapid adoption of the first oral polio vaccine which has kept children safe from this deadly virus in the UK.Today, Duncan Guthrie’s legacy lives on thanks to supporters like you. During our 60 year history Action Medical Research has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs and spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Here are some examples of how your help is making a difference:
The last 50 years have brought a worrying increase in the number of children with type 1 diabetes. A vaccine is now in clinical trials and Action funding has enabled the team of researchers to discover how a steroid skin cream could make that vaccine more effective.
Researchers funded by Action Medical Research have discovered a crucial marker in the body that will further understanding of a rare inherited disorder that can lead to death in childhood.
Every year in the UK over 60,000 babies are born too early and tragically, around 1,500 babies die. Many complications facing premature babies are believed to be caused by an increase in oxygen levels after birth. Researchers are investigating whether natural antioxidants in a baby’s own body could offer protection.
Over 2,000 newborn babies suffer seizures each year in the UK, yet a lack of obvious warning signs means seizures often strike unexpectedly.
In the last year Action Medical Research has invested more than £300,000 into research projects investigating vitamin D deficiency in children of South Asian descent, as well as the link between pre-eclampsia and vitamin D.
Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency that can kill a vulnerable newborn baby in less than four hours. One in 10 babies who contract the disease will die, and around half of survivors develop some sort of disability by the age of five, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and learning disabilities.