Dad fighting fit to support NICU

A man is preparing for the fight of his life to raise money for the neonatal unit which saved the life of his baby girl when she was born weighing just 1lb 4oz.

Isla Tobias was born at just 24 weeks and spent the first five months of her life in the NICU at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Now, dad Troy Tobias from Norwich is taking part in a charity boxing match to raise money for the N&N Hospitals Charity NICU fund.

Troy began training with Tower Fitness Gym in Norwich, originally to simply get fit, but has now signed up to a fight which is taking place on July 23 at Epic studios in Magdalen Street, Norwich.

Troy said: “I’m doing this for my own mental health after everything that the last two years has thrown at me, and to also raise some money for the Norfolk and Norwich NICU team who saved my daughter’s life during a big operation after a gullet and bowel puncture with a very slim chance of survival.

“I’d love to thank everyone who comes to support me or sponsor me, but more than anything to thank the incredible medical staff at the hospital, because without them my wife and daughter wouldn’t be here.

“The Caesarean was very risky, and my daughter was born at 24 weeks and had very slim chances of survival. But at three weeks old Isla put up an incredible fight and won, so now it’s my turn.”

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