The mum of a boy who suffers from seizures has thanked a charity who supported her family with free accommodation when he needed lifesaving treatment.
Emma Sutton, 39, from Crowle and her husband, Craig, 36, were left terrified in February this year when their son, Oscar, had a seizure and the rescue medication did not work.
Paramedics rushed the four-year-old to Doncaster Royal Infirmary for emergency treatment. Ten days later, Oscar was still in considerable distress and underwent an electroencephalogram – a test used to find problems related to brain activity. This showed that he was suffering from encephalitis, a condition in which the brain becomes dangerously inflamed. Oscar was immediately transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Mum, Emma, said: “When Oscar was transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital it felt like, all of a sudden, our lives had been turned upside down. When we arrived at the hospital, with just an overnight bag between us, and saw our son seriously ill on the neurology ward, we were overwhelmed.
“We didn’t know where we would stay and assumed we would have to make do in the hospital, but then The Sick Children’s Trust came to our aid and offered us a room in a ‘Home from Home’ called Magnolia House, which is located just moments from where Oscar was being treated. At a time of such uncertainty, the emotional and practical support we received from The Sick Children’s Trust is something neither Craig nor I can ever forget.”
After staying for three days at Magnolia House, Emma and Craig moved over to Treetop House, the charity’s other ‘Home from Home’ that supports families with children undergoing treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Emma said: “It was a very long eight weeks before we could take Oscar home. Since then he has been having 10-15 seizures a day and he’s been diagnosed with epilepsy. Looking back we couldn’t be more grateful to The Sick Children’s Trust.”