Doctor knits hats for Tanzanian babies

Doctor knits hats for Tanzanian babies (iStockphoto)

A doctor from Surrey is calling on her patients and the local community to assist her in helping babies in Tanzania.

Blanche Oguti, who works at the Royal Surrey Hospital, is busy making as many knitted hats as possible to help protect premature and malnourished babies from hypothermia.

She is sending all the tiny hats to a remote village in the country is hoping that with extra help she can make a large number.

Ms Oguti told Eagle Radio that she was visiting the area and witnessed the terrible effects of hypothermia in the community.

She said: "I just couldn't go home and feel bad. It wasn't enough to think it's just a terrible thing that's happening."

Ms Oguti explained that while it may seem daunting to help children in the country fight this horrible disease, even a few small acts of kindness could save lives.

She went on to say: "If there's one thing that I can do, even if it's just making one hat to make a difference to one life out there, that's a significant thing. I think that's a beautiful thing, how can I not do anything?"

The doctor is calling on volunteers in Surrey and Hampshire to use their knitting skills to make more tiny hats to help save these infants and their families, who she claims probably feel invisible in such remote villages.

While Ms Oguti first set out to make 50 hats she is now hoping that with help from the local community that significantly more knitted garments can be shipped over.

Hats can be incredibly simple and knitting patterns for babies can be completed incredibly quickly.

Try this striped, stocking stitch beanie hat from 10 Simple Projects for Cosy Babies - designed by Sarah Hatton. It uses Baby Merino silk DK, which is both durable and extremely soft for youngster's sensitive skin.

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