Wrexham AFC owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney donate £10,000 to intensive care unit

Wrexham owners Ryan Reynolds, left, and Rob McElhenney
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Owners of Wrexham AFC, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, have donated a generous £10,000 to support intensive care units that saved a premature baby belonging to one of the Wrexham players.

The donation was confirmed by GoFundMe, with the pledge made under the name "Rob and Ryan Wrexham". This kind gesture was in response to a fundraiser initiated by midfielder James Jones and his partner Chloe Jones.

The pair experienced an early onset of labour during a Wrexham match in November 2022. During her pregnancy, Chloe encountered complications as she developed pre-eclampsia collectively with hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and lowered platelet levels (HELLP syndrome) which triggered multiple organ failure and two seizures.

Their son Jude, born prematurely by 15 weeks on November 19th, 2022 and weighed just over a pound, received critical neonatal care at Bolton, while Chloe was attended to at Wrexham Maelor's intensive care unit.

The funds raised through GoFundMe aim to assist the two intensive care units instrumental in their journey, as well as contribute towards Spoons a charity providing neonatal support for families.

Despite their ordeal, the proud parents reveal on their fundraising page that their brave little boy is now living with chronic lung disease along with adrenal insufficiency due to his premature entry into the world. However, they skew optimism stating he is "beating all odds and is absolutely thriving".

In a touching note, they added: "He is smashing every milestone and is the happiest little boy! Jude has chronic lung disease and an adrenal insufficiency as a result of his extreme prematurity and needing courses of steroids whilst in hospital.

"Despite his difficult start, he is dealing with everything incredibly well."

Ms Jones expressed her relief that her partner was playing for Wrexham on the day she went into labour, highlighting the convenience of the football stadium's location near Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

"Someone was looking out for us on November 19," she shared on their GoFundMe page.

"If we hadn't have gone to watch James play at Wrexham, we wouldn't have been across the road from the hospital and we wouldn't be alive today."

The couple extended their heartfelt thanks to friends, family, and the medical staff at both hospitals for their invaluable support during the challenging pregnancy.

"We would like to thank all the friends and family that supported us through our difficult journey," they penned.

"We will forever be grateful for those who went above and beyond with countless visits, food brought to the hospital and all the many other things big and small which made our time in hospital that little bit easier and helped us get through the experience," they gratefully acknowledged.

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With the help of Reynolds and McElhenney's generous donation, the couple has successfully raised over £12,800 towards their £20,000 goal.

For more information or to contribute to the fundraiser, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/qqbud-please-donate-to-help.

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