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Theo was born early at 25 weeks weighing a tiny 1lb 14oz. He had a very tough start in life, spending his first four months in hospital and coming home still dependent on oxygen and 13 different medications. As a result of his extreme prematurity, Theo has had bleeds on his brain, suffers from chronic lung disease and is deaf.

Recently one-year-old Theo was admitted to North Manchester General Hospital with breathing difficulties due to a winter virus. He was put on oxygen again for a week while he recovered. A Sensory Voyager funded by MedEquip4Kids was brought to his bedside: a portable sensory studio featuring a waterless bubble tube, UV fibre optic strands and a projector wheel to create spellbinding and colourful lighting effects.

Theo’s mum Lisa says: “We were so lucky to have use of the Sensory Voyager, which Theo loved. He was confined to his room and this amazing resource kept him very entertained. It was hard for us as a family to be back in hospital and the fact that Theo coped so well really helped us to get through it. Thank you so much to Medequip4Kids and everyone who so kindly contributes to help make difficult hospital stays much easier for our children. We are very grateful!”

We’re raising funds to provide another Sensory Voyager for the neo natal unit at North Manchester General. Babies often stay for up to six months in the unit and will benefit from a stimulating and calming sensory environment, reducing stress for them and their families.

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“Infections of the central nervous system need urgent and appropriate treatment. Most laboratory methods can take from 24 to 48 hours for diagnosis of bacterial meningitis and three to seven days for diagnosis of viral meningitis or encephalitis. The new equipment will mean we can get results of these tests in around an hour. We’ll be able to inform the clinicians of a positive result, allowing targeted therapy and reassurance to the patients and families. Just as important is the reporting of negative results, which may enable treatment withdrawal and possibly a shorter hospital stay.”

Dr Pradeep Subudhi
Consultant Microbiologist
Royal Bolton Hospital

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