Weʼve raised £115 to purchase resources for the children on Ward 84 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
- Funded on Tuesday, 18th December 2018
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Harrison, aged 6, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in Febuary this year. He was addmitted to Ward 84 of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where he has had many doses of chemotherapy and steroids.
For the first part of his treatment, Harrison remained in hospital for 5 weeks solid while he had treatment that made him lose his hair and left him so weak he was unable to walk unaided. At times he even struggled to turn over in bed on his own. His arms and hands were covered in bruises from repeatedly having injections and canulas inserted. All the medications upset his stomach so he had to be fed via a tube they put through his nose into his stomach. Despite all this he still had a smile for the nurses.
After five weeks Harrison’s treatment moved on to its next phase which was less intense so he was able to go home. For the next few months he visited the hospital every week for treatment. This was on top of daily medication he had to take at home, however, his hair began to grow back and he gradually became stronger. By July Harrison was strong enough to run around the garden in the sun with his brother and sister, however he still ended up staying in hospital a couple of times due to high temperatures.
That brings us to where we are now in August. Harrison has just completed the last intense phase of treatment. The picture you see above was taken during a visit to the Ward 84 day case unit to have a 6 hour chemotherapy infusion. His hair has gone again but thankfully his body has stayed strong. He now faces the final phase of his treatment - the maintenance phase. This involves lower doses of daily chemotharapy for three years (no thats not a typing error it really does last three years). He will still be at the hospital every 4 weeks throughout this time for more chemotherapy and steroids, but he will get his hair back and he will be able to return to school.
Harrison’s family would never have gotten through this time without the support of the wonderful staff on Ward 84. Not only nursing staff and doctors but teachers and playworkers, and this is where your money can help. Ward 84 has its own playroom which the playworkers run. They provide toys, jigsaws, painting and crafts, xbox and playstations with games, and tvs with dvds, all to the childrens bedside to keep them occupied throughout their long stays in hospital on on their many visits to the day care unit. Without these resources the days would be extremely long for all these children undergoing cancer treatment. Unfortunately its unavoidable that toys will get broken, pieces will go missing and discs will get scratched. What we want to do is provide more of these resources to support many more children through treatment and recovery.
Please, please, please help us!!! I will be taking part in muddy maniacs on September 8th 2018 so please sponsor me. Every little helps so please dig deep and donate to support these wonderfully brave children through a very difficult time in their lives.
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