Entries for the Simplyhealth Great Women's Run are open. Enter at: Greatrun.org/womens

A woman whose baby was born over two month prematurely will take on a challenge for the baby unit that saved his life.

Lynne Smith, from Ralston in Paisley, was left shocked when she went into labour at 29 weeks, months before she was expecting her baby.

Lynne had a healthy pregnancy with no problems until her waters broke last November and Harrison was born weighing just 3lbs.

Due to Harrison's prematurity, he suffered breathing problems and was born with a bleed on his brain due to his skull being so fragile.

He was placed in a plastic bag which is a new technique used by baby units to keep premature babies warm before being transferred to an incubator in intensive care.

He spent the first nine weeks of his life at the Royal Alexandra hospital in Paisley.

Lynne and her husband Martyn were unable to hold Harrison as his breathing was minimal and he then developed fluid in his lungs, forcing him to undergo treatment in the high dependency unit.

Finally, after Harrison began to put on weight, he was finally allowed to go home four days before his expected due date in January.

Lynne wanted to thank the special baby care unit that looked after Harrison during his time of need. She decided to sign up for the Simplyhealth Great Women's Run to set herself a fundraising challenge that would allow her to get back into exercise.

Lynne, 35, said: “I had had a healthy pregnancy with no problems until my waters broke on the early hours of the morning.

“We went to the hospital and at 6pm that evening I started having contractions and Harrison was born naturally.

“His weight was 3lbs and due to his prematurity, his lungs were underdeveloped and he was unable to breathe on his own.

“He was also born with a bleed on his brain, again due to his early arrival and his skull being so fragile. Being told about the bleed hit us very hard, it was one of the most difficult times and we had to wait a further 6 weeks for a second brain scan to find out if it had worsened.

“Harrison contracted a virus while in hospital which really set him back, and put him back in to intensive care.

“He would stop breathing and need assistance to start again. Again, this was really difficult for us as it meant we were unable to hold him as the handling tires premature babies.

"We faced a lot of difficulties during Harrison's time in hospital. We were unable to hold him when he was crying and had to change his nappy and his clothes through the holes in an incubator.

“We had to tube feed him and spend our first Christmas as a family in hospital while watching him have painful procedures.

“At the time we felt like part time parents and feeling like Harrison wasn't really ours.

“He finally managed to gain weight well and was allowed home nine weeks later. He still has chronic lung disease and remains on oxygen at night time but he is completely thriving and will be off the oxygen very soon.”

Lynne will join thousands of women who are taking on the Simplyhealth Great Women's Run for fun, fitness and fundraising in the heart of Glasgow's West End.

The 10k route takes runners along the quayside, passing some of Glasgow's most iconic buildings including Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow Universtiy and the SSE Hydro, before finishing in Kelvingrove Park.

Now Harrison is six months old, Lynne wants to set herself the challenge to raise awareness about premature births and the amazing care she received by the hospital.

She added: “I decided to run the 10k because I wanted to do something for Harrison that is challenge for me, and also as a thank you to SCBU.

“I haven't ran since before I was pregnant and haven't ran a 10k for four years.

“I started training just a few weeks ago and have had to rest for a week due to a knee injury. I am determined to complete the run, even if I have to walk and run!”

To support Lynne, visit her fundraising page.

Entries for the Simplyhealth Great Women's Run are open. Enter at: Greatrun.org/womens