A former smoker who quit when she found out she was pregnant has been immortalised as a hologram.
Trish Stringfellow, from Rugby, quit smoking when she found out she was pregnant and is now the mum of a healthy nine-month-old boy.
Her story featured as part of Warwickshire County Council’s eX-Smoker Factor campaign.
And such was Trish’s passion to get the message across to other mums, Warwickshire County Council worked with Warwickshire’s Stop Smoking Service to immortalise Trish as a hologram to share the smoking in pregnancy message to anyone walking in to maternity.
The device is currently in Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital, but in the coming months will move around the county’s maternity wards.
Trish said: “Quitting smoking is the best thing I could ever have done, and being turned into a hologram is both weird and fantastic.”
In Warwickshire almost one in five mums are still smoking at the time they give birth to their baby. Warwickshire County Council’s director of public health, Dr John Linnane, said: “When you smoke you breathe in more than 4,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic. Every time you have a cigarette the smoke goes from your lungs into your bloodstream. Within moments these toxins are passing into your baby’s blood supply through the placenta and umbilical cord. This restricts the essential oxygen supply to your baby that they need to grow and develop. Their tiny heart has to beat harder every time you smoke.”
To see Trish’s video, visit: http://exsmokerfactor.com/2014/12/02/trishs-story-on-stopping-smoking-in-pregnancy/