A WOMAN who lost her baby and almost died herself from a rare pregnancy complication is doing a 12-mile walk for charity.
Kelly Lewis, from Westgate, lost baby Ellissia in March after developing HELLP syndrome, similar to pre-eclampsia.
Kelly said: “I was told that I had to give birth or I would die as I had HELLP syndrome.
“The doctors couldn’t believe it as it has never happened as early as 16 weeks before, my organs were giving up and I was basically dying.
“I have been trying to raise awareness of the condition ever since by posting on baby forums and setting up a facebook page.
“I have organised the event myself in memory of Ellissia and will be doing the walk with two friends.
“Myself and sisters Amy and Emily Harlowe decided to turn our grief into something positive and try and raise as much money as possible for Tommy’s baby charity, Parkinson’s UK and Alzheimer’s UK.”
The three friends will be undertaking the walk from Heysham port to the Longlands Hotel, Tewitfield on August 11.
Kelly said: “We are doing really well with our fund raising.
“ We had a practice walk the other weekend and really enjoyed it but was only half the way!
“Hopefully we’ll get round ok.
“I have also set up an e-petition, to have HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia made aware to pregnant women at midwife appointments, so they know the symptoms of this life threatening pregnancy complication.
“If I get 100,000 signatures it will be debated in the House of Commons.
“This can be found at www.epetitions.direct.gov.uk, just type in HELLP syndrome.
“The NHS website has changed their wording of Hellp syndrome and pre-eclampsia, it now says in rare cases it can happen before week 20.”
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/kae.
Visit Kelly’s Facebook page called hellpsyndromeangels and press ‘like’ to help raise awareness.