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Teen’s 100km fundraising ride

A teenager has ridden 100km to give back to Northeast Health Wangaratta’s (NHW) Special Care Nursery.

Cobram’s Emily Davies was born 13 years ago at NHW and required high level emergency care.

Emily was born 7 weeks premature, weighing less than 1400 grams, having stopped growing at the 27 week point. Following an emergency Caesarian, Emily spent a considerable length of time at the Special Care Nursery, where her family was overwhelmed by the quality of care they received.

Her entry to the world is something that has stayed with Emily, who has gone from strength to strength in life and recently secured a spot on the Victorian State Triathlon Team.

As part of a fundraising initiative, Emily chose to ride 100km from Cobram to Wangaratta, with the goal of raising $5000 for the Special Care Nursery. Her ride was called ‘Em’s Pedal for Prems’.

“NHW really saved my wife and daughter’s life,” Emily’s father Michael Davies said.

“From the word go, we were blown away with the care and assistance we received.

“Emily is very much aware of the care she received and wanted to give back.”

Emily presented more than $5000 to NHW’s Special Care Nursery on Monday, 27 June.

Jill Clayton from the Special Care Nursery said the funding would help purchase a neonatal light, used to help babies with jaundice.