Published Thursday, 29 August 2013
By day, David Sweet is a consultant neonatologist in charge of looking after premature babies at the Royal hospital in Belfast - but by night he's a budding portrait artist.
Now he's putting his love of both his work and his art to the best possible use by raising funds for a remote hospital in Malawi.
"Over the past number of years I've been trying to develop commissioned portraiture to raise money for a unit that my colleague who I know from childhood days in Bangor," David said.
"He's working out in Malawi. We're trying to raise money for him to use to help with his work with premature babies in Malawi."
One of David's first subjects was James Edwards - a tiny infant who was once in his care.
The Edwards family are among several who have commissioned a portrait of their child to raise money for the hospital in Malawi.
James was born at 24 weeks weighing just one pound and ten ounces.
After a difficult start the little boy is flourishing.
His mum, Clare, said: "He's in P2 in a mainstream primary school. He's small - small but mighty that's the way we would describe James to be honest.
"He's feisty. He's sitting here being very quiet. He's not normally this quiet I can assure you. He's a great wee man so he is!"
Clare was so thankful for the care her son received she wanted other premature babies to benefit.
She continued: "David told me about the commissions and where the money was going to. I felt very strong and very passionately that I wanted to get something for James."
David and his team at the Royal look after as many as 31 premature babies in this intensive care unit at any one time - 600 tiny infants every year.
Advances in technology and care in Northern Ireland mean many more babies are surviving than ever before.
The hope is that one day that too can be the case in developing countries like Malawi.
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