When Rob Morris signed up to Ironman Wales it was a struggle to complete a few lengths. In true Ironman spirit, he transformed from an amateur swimmer to an ultra-competitor in a matter of months as a way to express his gratitude to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for saving his daughter’s life.

In a life-threatening accident, Emmie (2 years old) suffered catastrophic injuries. As well as having multiple broken bones, she was in an induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit where she underwent two surgeries. Emmie has now incredibly made a full recovery.

To thank the Major Trauma Centre Emmie’s dad Rob raised funds by taking part in Ironman Tenby 2022 in September. The training was long and arduous, but Rob fully committed to the challenge by learning how to swim, and trained to run longer distances.

Rob said: “I have decided to take part in Ironman Tenby 2022, in order to raise as much money as I can for the Major Trauma Centre, based in the University Hospital of Wales. They cared for not only Emmie, but us as a family and they saved our little girl.”

Bryony Roberts, the Senior Nurse for Major Trauma, said: “It’s so nice to hear that Emmie is doing well!  She will forever be etched in our memories for her bravery.   It is a pleasure to welcome Emmie, Rob and Katie back, and we are deeply grateful for such a generous donation.”

The Major Trauma Centre were thrilled to accept the donation, which will be used to fund further research and training. A special mention to the Emergency Department, Paediatric Intensive Care and Owl Ward, for taking such great care of Emmie.

Huge congratulations Rob, what a fantastic life achievement! We are so grateful for your dedication and support.

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