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By Bob Geddes
Dumfries and West
Aaron’s family say thanks to life-savers

A FAMILY is busy raising cash to help a charity which saved Dumfries teenager Aaron Baird from Locharbriggs.

Aaron, his mother Morag, dad Dave and sister Kimberley are hoping to reach a target of £5000 after a fundraising fun day held at Locharbriggs Community Centre on Saturday.
Keen sportsman Aaron was struck down with flu like symptoms in May – ending up in an induced coma and placed on a ventilator after the virus led to pneumonia and septicaemia.
The 19-year-old underwent specialist treatment in Leicester with a life-saving technique called Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), and is now on the road to recovery.
His mother Morag said: “It was a terrible time for Aaron and all the family and we decided to try and raise cash for the ECMO charity at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital.”
The hospital is the only one in the country to treat ECMO and family are extremely grateful for saving their son.
A total of £4055 was raised during the fund-raising day. Further donations have come in and a Facebook auction is offering prizes including a trip round Ibrox, other football memorabilia and a pair of champion boxer David Hay’s gloves.
Morag, an auxiliary nurse at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, says the family have been overwhelmed by the support they have received.
She said: “It’s been tremendous.
“I thought if I got £3000 it would be great, but it’s much better than I expected and hoped for.”

RAFFLE TIME . . . smiles from Nicola Robertson and Craig Murdoch as the raffle money rolls in *** Local Caption *** RAFFLE TIME . . . smiles from Nicola Robertson and Craig Murdoch as the raffle money rolls in
RAFFLE TIME . . . smiles from Nicola Robertson and Craig Murdoch as the raffle money rolls in *** Local Caption *** RAFFLE TIME . . . smiles from Nicola Robertson and Craig Murdoch as the raffle money rolls in

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