As parents our natural instinct is to protect our children and keep them safe and well.
So when they’re unwell it can be scary and stressful and we want to do anything we can to make them better. Knowing they’re getting the best possible care is a big help, and for a lot of families that comes from the staff at Alder Hey Hospital.
Alder Hey have been sharing some stories of children who’ve been treated there, and the amazing work that the people who work there do.
One of the stories that Alder Hey have shared to show some of the amazing work they do is that of Daniel Bell.
Daniel was a typical busy, happy toddler until his personality suddenly changed when he was three. He started to get grumpy where he had been happy before, and went back to sleeping in the day after dropping his naps.
His parents took him to A&E after his mum recognised that the symptoms he was showing can be signs of a brain tumour.
The doctors there quickly realised that his condition was serious and Daniel was transferred to Alder Hey where he went straight into surgery. After an operation to drain fluid from his brain Daniel had more surgery the next day to remove the tumour.
The surgery took 9 hours, and was helped along by Alder Hey’s pioneering MRI scanner which allows surgeons to scan the brain in theatre.
Alder Hey hospital is the first hospital in Europe to use this particular scanner, and amazingly it was paid for by Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
After his operation Daniel spent 6 days in the HDU, and then another week on the neuro ward, and has now made a full recovery. He’s now a happy, healthy, active little boy and his parents are incredibly grateful to all the staff at Alder Hey who helped them along the way.
One of the things that makes Alder Hey so special is the work of the charity that supports it and provides so much life-saving equipment.
There are all sorts of things people can do to help raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity, from hosting a bake sale to organising a charity car wash.
One of the most popular fundraising ideas though is running in an organised charity race.
With this in mind Alder Hey Children’s Charity have created a running hub full of useful information and inspiration to get you lacing up your trainers. The site has running training plans, healthy and tasty recipe ideas, and helpful running tips.
So if you’re looking for a reason to get active then pop over and take a look at the running hub for some inspiration and see if there’s a race coming up near you that you can sign up for. Then you can get healthier and raise money for an amazing cause at the same time.
Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post