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Registered Charity No. 1080229

The Lauren Page Trust
P.O. Box 2314
Woodford Green
Essex
IG8 9WJ

Tel: 020 8504 7345

Fax: 020 8504 3913

info@laurenpage.org.uk

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Simone Commins is a trustee with the Lauren Page Trust and has known Claire and Nick since around 1999. She is married to Paul and has three, healthy, wonderful children.

But it has not been plain sailing. Simone is a diabetic and was under the care of experts at the famous Great Ormond Street children's hospital from the age of seven to 16.

After that she was transferred to St. Thomas's Hospital in London and then, later, when she fell pregnant, she needed constant monitoring because of the difficulties diabetes poses for pregnant women.

This required weekly scans. When Bethany was born at 35 weeks she weighed 7lbs and 7 oz and went into the neonatal unit (Special Care Baby Unit) at St Thomas's - it's associated with premature babies but Simone's diabetes meant Bethany needed supervision even though she was the biggest baby in there!

Her second child, Alice, was a problem-free birth. She was born at 38 weeks weighing 7lbs 8oz at Whipps Cross where, a couple of years later George was born at 37 weeks and weighed a healthy 9lbs 11 oz but he, too, was in the neonatal unit.

Simone still battles diabetes but lives a full and active life which includes her tireless work not just for the LPT but also for Diabetes UK on whose behalf she gives regular talks about the condition.

Incidentally, all three children are non-diabetic.

But her story shows it is not just tiny, premature babies who need the help and expertise of specially trained medical staff.

Problem births come in all shapes and sizes and the Lauren Page Trust is dedicated to helping them all.

SIMONE’S STORY

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George Commins with his dad Paul