A mum whose little boy fought a rare brain condition is lacing up her trainers to raise money for the charity which kept them together during his treatment.
Jodie Dutchman, 27, from Salendine Nook, will tackle the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run later this month with brother Tom, 22, to raise cash for the Sick Children’s Trust.
The charity, which provides ‘home from home’ accommodation at specialist children’s hospitals, supported Jodie and dad, Stephen, when their son Blake, now six, received life-saving treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The youngster is now on the mend and is back at school.
Blake needed specialist care when he had a rare reaction to a drug commonly used before bowel surgery. The drug caused inflammation on his brain and in turn his heart rate to drop, blood pressure to rise and seizures. He was in hospital about three months – over an hour away from home.
Jodie said: “We have been in and out of hospital with Blake for bowel surgery and blood transfusions.
“He seemed healthy until last November when he started to show signs of anaemia and needed laser surgery for ulcers on his bowel. Later, doctors noticed he was deteriorating.
“We had no idea how ill he was. If staff hadn’t spotted his symptoms it doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened.
“It was a very worrying time, but fortunately we were supported by the Sick Children’s Trust.”
Blake is now doing really well and has returned to school.
“It’s so good to have him back home, but I do catch myself thinking about what we would have done had it not been for The Sick Children’s Trust,” said Jodie.
“When I was told we wouldn’t be able to stay with Blake on the ward, my heart broke. Thankfully there was a ‘home from home’ on the top floor of the hospital.
“The Sick Children’s Trust’s Treetop House was somewhere to wash my clothes, store and cook food and get a few hours’ sleep. Simple things made such a difference.”
Treetop House opened in 2001 and has 13 bedrooms so families can be close to their loved ones. It costs £28 per night to provide one family with one room.
House manager Ann Wyatt said: “It’s vital families continue to support us after they’ve gone home as we are completely reliant on donations.”
To support Jodie and Tom visit https:// www.justgiving.com/jodie-dutchman/