Well what can I say about our Little Baby Alex ...... He was a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin and so much more !! He was a hero 💙
So here goes , Alex was born on the 22nd May 2014 weighing in at 6lb 12oz's, we all fell in love with him instantly ...... Well just like every mother and father do when they see their child for the first time !! He was my 4th child and my second son.
Alex was the most pleasent child, always smiling and laughing and extremely tickly. He just used to sit and watch his sisters in awe even though sometimes Lily didn't like to share her toys !!
Saturday the 17th of January was like any other day, we woke up had breakfast. It was cold outside and snowing ⛄️ We were all so unaware that this would be the day that would change all our lives forever !! Sadly this would be the day Alex would have his tragic accident which would in turn lead to his untimely death on Wednesday the 21st at the Royal Hopital for Sick Children.
The care that Alex received from both his short hours in Craigavon Area Hospital and also his stay at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children was second to none ! The nurses held his hand, sung to him and stroked his hair !! I was so relived to know that when we were not by Alex's side that he always had the full attention of his nurse. This really gave Steve and me great ease and allowed us to go and try and rest as best we could !!
Alex, Steve and myself could not have been treated with any more respect at this difficult time than we were at the PICU. We had beds to sleep in , showers and a kitchen so that we could keep up our strength , anything we needed we were given !! We were offered kind words of advice and especially advice on how to tell the children, and in words which would be easy for them to digest!!
I could not say a bad word about the help we received from all staff members in the PICU , from nurses, doctors and organ donor specialists !!
There was never any doubt that we would donate Baby Alex's organs, because if someone could have saved our sons life we would have taken it with open arms !! Every step of every process was explained , people were always there to help and there was no question 'too stupid'.
I really want to show everyone that crossed our path on this journey all our appreciation and try and raise some money for this hospital !!
The money raised is not specifically for the PICU but will be for the entire Children's Hospital. The charity is called 'Helping Hands' which was established by the staff at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
There is no amount to little and no amount too big ....... 'Every little helps' as the saying goes !! And any donation will be very much appreciated !!
There will be various events planned for the future so watch this space !!!
Lots of love 💙💙
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