Supporting Terminally Ill Children

by Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
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Supporting Terminally Ill Children
Supporting Terminally Ill Children
Supporting Terminally Ill Children

Project Report | Apr 15, 2024
You're helping families like mine to feel less alone

By Rachel | Teddy's mum

Family Support Worker Emma with Teddy in hospital
Family Support Worker Emma with Teddy in hospital

I was supported by Rainbow Trust for the first time when my middle son Billy, now six, was in hospital. When my son Teddy was diagnosed with the same condition, I knew I could have the essential support I needed.

When Teddy was one year old he was diagnosed with a very rare and severe immunodeficiency. He suffers frequent infections, viruses, and stomach bugs. Without a bone marrow transplant it can be life-limiting.

In August 2023, when Teddy was only 18 months old, he had his bone marrow transplant. It was an incredibly stressful and isolating time for me. We had to go to a hospital in Newcastle, 300 miles away from my older sons, Billy, six, and eight-year-old Freddie, and our home.

I slept on a camp bed next to Teddy for the three and a half months he was in hospital. Family and friends were not able to visit us due to Teddy’s compromised immune system. Although we had a lot of virtual love, it was really hard because we were completely isolated and I was on my own for most of it.

Our Family Support Worker Emma was an absolute legend. We always really looked forward to when Emma came round, we called it ‘Rainbow Day’. I don’t know how I would have managed without her. She was there for us throughout Teddy’s treatment. She saw me cry many a time.

Emma had experience on the bone marrow transplant ward, so I felt safe leaving Teddy with her. I knew that I could get away and just do normal things like go to a shop. That was really important for me. Those breaks she allowed me to have were so meaningful.

Emma helped feed Teddy and change his nappies. She also always had fun activities for him to do too, such as colouring, playing with toys, and singing. He really loved it when he got to do messy play. It made him laugh and smile, which lit up the room.

Not only did Emma look after Teddy and make him laugh, she supported me emotionally too. That was so needed and very important. She listened to how I was doing and helped me to get rid of whatever weight I was feeling.

We are now back at home and things are a bit calmer but all of the stress from the past few months has really hit me. He doesn’t yet have a functioning immune system, so he just can’t get rid of viruses. However, I am positive that Teddy will be able to live a normal life, just like his older brother Billy.

Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers help is a lifeline to families like mine, caring for a seriously ill child.

It is only thanks to your donations that Rainbow Trust can give life-threatened children and their families this expert support for as long as they need it. I am grateful for your wonderful support.

Teddy getting some fresh air
Teddy getting some fresh air
Teddy and mum ringing the bell at end of treatment
Teddy and mum ringing the bell at end of treatment
Teddy with brothers Billy and Freddie
Teddy with brothers Billy and Freddie

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Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Location: Leatherhead, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @RainbowTrustCC
Project Leader:
Hanne Widmer
Leatherhead , Surrey United Kingdom
$84,779 raised of $95,000 goal
 
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