Life for Archie and his whole family changed for good one day in May 2015. On the way home from a Soft Play Centre in Southampton Archie had a seizure and was rushed to A&E. Just an hour earlier he had been running round with his older brother having a whale of time, whilst his newborn brother dozed in the buggy.
It was an agonising wait for Doctors at Southampton to reach a diagnosis. Archies condition was complicated, he was unable to move, had suffered cardiac arrests, underwent a series of operations & was also fitted with a tracheostomy to help him breathe.
Finally a diagnosis of Transverse Myelitis was reached. It is a rare and life changing diagnosis.
Archie had contracted an infection which had caused his spinal cord to swell. This has left him paralysed from the neck down, needing round the clock care.
His parents have been at his bedside since his admission to hospital, it has only been in the last few weeks that Archie has been moved into a rehabilitation unit to learn to adjust to life outside of the hospital.
So now what? The family is split with Archie and his Mum at the Rehabilitation Centre & his Dad and brothers at home over 2 hours away. It has been a year since life changed in an instant – we need to get the family back together & to raise enough funds:
To read more about Archies Story and to follow his recovery – like his Facebook Page
To donate directly to Archie or to see the Car Bar Donations added visit his Fundraising Page
Archies story has been covered by local media to raise awareness of his condition, you can read the article here: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/13932567.Southampton_family_devastated_after_baby_son_paralysed_by_rare_illness/
For more information on the condition Transverse Myelitis click here.