Monday, 1 April 2013

Liverpool Care Pathway - When There Is No Hope There Is Always Hope

Downsizing Care.

This is Mail Online -

The Shift From Cure to Palliation
Hollie Pearson, 19, watched her son George’s condition steadily worsen after he was born 14 months ago in Leeds with four heart defects.
After an operation at eight weeks old, George was placed on a ‘palliative care pathway’, meaning his life could be prolonged but his condition would not be cured. 
Hollie and her mother, Nicola Garbutt, 42, became concerned at George’s listless state, frequent breathlessness and bluish pallor, but trusted the doctors caring for him.
Leeds General Infirmary is one of our "dangerous" hospitals. Children's congenital heart surgery has been suspended. The Archbishop of York has intervened.

Baby George's nan pushed for him to be transferred and he was moved to Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
Just two days after he arrived at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, George’s astonished family were told his poorly heart could be fixed.
Nicola said: ‘At this point we had lived a year knowing George was on palliative care only.  The thought he could be taken away at any time is any parent’s nightmare.’
Hollie, a student nurse from Skipton, North Yorkshire, whose studies were put on hold by George’s arrival, said the transformation in her son since his operation was amazing.
‘I’ve really got to know him in the last few weeks and he’s developed a personality which you couldn’t really see before as he was always crying or asleep. He’s a different boy and I’m so glad my mum pushed for us to be transferred.’ This week George, who has had to be fed through a tube all his short life, will have it removed from his nose for the first time as he gets stronger.
When there is no hope, there is always hope. 

This is BBC News -

'Dead' man revived after 18 minutes of not breathing
When there is no hope, there is always hope.

You just keep faith.

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