An Ancaster mum has put on her running shoes for the hospital where her young son underwent life-changing surgery for a severe bladder problem.
Jack was born with a small bladder, urinal reflux and severe hydronephrosis, conditions that lead to repeated and acute bladder infections requiring repeated hospitalisation. He had to undergo surgery, called a bilateral ureterostomy, to provide a urinary diversion. This allowed doctors to preserve his kidney function and means he no longer sufferers from as many infections.
Fiona said: “Jack was born in 2009 in Lincoln, but after delivery it was apparent he needed urgent specialist care so he was transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for treatment.
“He has since had numerous hospital stays, operations and investigations for his complicated urological problems under the care of consultant paediatric urologist Mr Prasad Godbole and will continue to do so into adulthood.
“Jack was extremely poorly and the fact that he has been able to grow and thrive is all down to the outstanding care of the doctors and nurses at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”
Fiona added: “The hospital has done so much for our family and supporting the charity is hugely important to us. We live 90 minutes away from Sheffield, however it is our closest dedicated children’s hospital and the standard of care that Jack has received has been second to none - it really is an excellent hospital.”
The Green family are regular supporters of The Children’s Hospital Charity and have so far raised nearly £500 to help keep Sheffield Children’s Hospital at the forefront of paediatric care.
On Sunday, Fiona joined Team Theo – the charity’s group of active challenge participants – by running the Skegness 10k, starting outside Southview Park Hotel on Burgh Road.
Tonya Kennedy, events fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity and Team Theo champion, said: “We are thrilled that she has chosen to support us with this event, and incredibly proud that she continues to fundraise for our wonderful hospital to thank the amazing clinicians for everything they do for children like Jack.
“Every penny raised by Team Theo runners in the Skegness 10k will help us fund life-saving medical equipment, improvements in facilities and research into the prevention and cure of childhood illnesses.”
For more information on The Children’s Hospital Charity, including details of how you can get involved with events go to www.tchc.org.uk.