Jack has completed the triple-suffering-winter on the 8th and 9th November.
This was a 5km obstacle race followed by a 10km obstacle race on the 8th November then a 10 mile obstacle race on the 9th at Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire.
This is in memory of his baby son Aflie. Alfie's heart was stopped when he contracted CMV during pregnancy. Doctors had only given him a 5% chance of survival.
On 12/09/2014 me and my girlfriend had to go for an additional baby scan due to a concern which was picked up at our 20 week scan. We had not had an easy pregnancy but what they told us came as a complete shock we just did'nt expect it at all.
We were told that the MRI scan we had had the previous week had picked up that our son had little brain function and he would not survive the pregnancy and even if he did he would have a life in a wheelchair, be deaf, have severe brain damage, he would never walk, talk or having any kind of a life. The doctor told us that this was due to a virus called cytomegalovirus or CMV for short, our son had caught the virus as it passed through the placenta and it had attacked his brain. We, like many other people, had never heard of CMV and couldn't understand why we was not warned about the dangers it posseses. CMV has simular symtoms to the common cold which is why most people do not even know they have had it, this is why it is so dangerous. A simple blood test can show weather you have it or not but pregnant women are not always tested for this.
CMV is the most common cause of birth defects in the UK and still remains unheard of, it affects 900 babies a year, thats more than Downs syndrome, listeriosis and toxoplasmosis.
We hope that raising awareness may lead to a vaccination for all women so that the problem can be stopped or reduced.
By raising awareness we hope that everyone will know the danger it posseses as so many do not know.
We had to lose our baby to learn what cmv is and we do not want anyone to go through what we have, especially since it is so common.
BABIES AFFECTED EACH YEAR.
CMV-900 BABIES A YEAR
DOWN SYNDROME-750 BABIES A YEAR
LISTERIOSIS-30 BABIES A YEAR
TOXOPLASMOSIS-25 BABIES A YEAR
I will be taking part in a 12 mile mud run in memory of my son 'Alfie Ian Laidler' and I hope to raise some money for the CMV Action UK charity with your donations.
I will also be doing 3 obstacle races in 2 days a total of 19 miles in memory of Alfie.
PLEASE DONATE THIS COULD AFFECT ANYONE.