Jo King

My journey began in 2015 when my beautiful daughter went into early labour at 24 weeks with her twin boys, Leo and Oska. I saw Leo come into the world on the 19th January and this little man fought hard to stay with us, but he grew his angel wings a few hours later when we all kissed him goodbye. On the night that Leo passed my beautiful horse Kas also grew his angel wings. I am sure that Leo has his love of horses from his nana and I know that they are together, one looking after the other.

Lottie was still pregnant with Oska for another four days and in that time, I saw my daughter crumble in front of my eyes. I was her mum and this time I couldn’t make things right, I saw my baby in such pain and the grief was overwhelming.

On the 23rd January Oska was born, and again, I was there to see him come into the world. His spirit shone through and this tiny baby let out an enormous cry, this strength has stayed with him always, he is truly inspirational and only 3!!

I shared the journey on the neonatal unit with Lottie, watching Oska grow and feeling in awe of not only this amazing little man but also the staff on the unit who were truly out of this world.

Until my grandsons came early into this world I had no idea the unit was in the hospital. The journey has been one that has changed me forever and on dark days I remember the courage of both boys and the shining star that is Oska who takes my breath away every time I see him. In him is Leo, who is with us always.

I am the proud mum of Lottie who has founded Leo’s in memory of my angel baby grandson, mum to Ally, Lottie’s younger sister, and nana to Dax, Leo and Oska.

I have 2 beautiful horses, my gorgeous English pointer, 1 crazy cat and my 13-year-old goldfish.

I am a sector manager within the civil service, so life is very hectic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!!

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

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