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Five-year-old Arabella was born with polydactyly, which means she has an extra thumb on her right hand. Unfortunately, Arabella has received negative comments from her peers at school, and so her, and her mum Clare were at the hospital so the surgeons could remove her extra thumb. While at the hospital, Arabella will also undergo genetic testing for Fanconi anemia, a rare condition where bone marrow does not make enough blood cells.

Clare hopes that the surgery will lead to Arabella being happier at school, and able to live life to the fullest. She was very happy with the spot monitor which MedEquip4Kids donated to Wythenshawe Hospital and which was used to monitor Arabella’s stats such as her temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Clare said: “The spot monitor is wonderful. As soon as the nurses brought it in for Arabella I couldn’t believe how small it was! It is so child-friendly compared to the older, bulkier monitors. Thank you MedEquip4Kids!”

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“The materials provided greatly help with the therapeutic process and engaging children, young people and their families in therapeutic work. The young people greatly appreciate having this equipment to use within their sessions. Many of the young people we see have a history of trauma including neglect and being able to access materials that they can use and enjoy is of great benefit and hopefully assists us to reinforce the messages of their worth as their self-concept is often very low.”

Michaela Foster
CAMHS Young People’s Team
Leicestershire CAMHS Partnership

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