Specialist buggy is helping this Downham toddler finally get released from hospital
PUBLISHED: 13:14 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:14 20 April 2017
Jayson Dennison just spent his first birthday at London's Evelina Children's Hospital
A toddler who has spent most of his life in hospital with a complex breathing condition could be discharged in a matter of days.
Jayson Dennison celebrated his first birthday on April 6, and received a specialist buggy that can carry all the equipment he needs to survive.
The Downham toddler requires round-the-clock ventilation and has been at London’s Evelina Children’s Hospital since August 1 last year.
But now, with the help of a £900 buggy, little Jayson could leave the hospital on Monday next week.
Mum Tiffany Dennison said: “To be able to get Jayson out and about and to all of his medical appointments we were told we would need a specialist buggy to keep him properly positioned and to carry all of his equipment.
“But they are expensive and there is no funding available through local statutory services, so Jayson’s occupational therapist at the hospital told us about Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children, and how they help families like ours.”
The mum-of-three has now received the new buggy, which can carry a ventilator, suction machine and saturation monitor, from the charity.
But as she gets ready to take Jayson out of hospital for the first time in eight months, Ms Dennison isn’t going out unprepared.
She said: “We have to be confident about loading all of the equipment onto the buggy so we are practicing on the ward at the moment.
“We are taking him out independently before the medical team discharges him. Once he is home, it will make life so much better for Jayson and easier for the whole family. We will be able to take his older brother and sister out – and Jayson will be safe and comfortable.”
To find out more about how Newlife supports families in the capital, go to: www.newlifecharity.co.uk/greaterlondon.