The Power of Play: Archie’s Story

15 May 2020, 8:24 a.m.

Archie's Story

Eight-year-old Archie first came to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in 2019. As a thank you, Archie challenged himself to complete 5k to raise vital funds to support the hospital. Mum Stephanie tells us their story and how GOSH’s Play team supported Archie during their time at GOSH.  Archie was born at 26 weeks, weighing just 1lb 7. As a result of being born so prematurely, Archie now has cerebral palsy, a condition which affects his movement and co-ordination.

Archie was first referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in March 2019. In December that year Archie received Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery on his spine. This aimed to give Archie a better quality of life, be pain free and prevent further complications of stiff muscles.

Our time at GOSH 

“During our lengthy one month stay, we were lucky enough to have accommodation funded by Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity,” recalls Stephanie. “This meant our family could stay together at what was a very emotional and difficult time being so far away from home”.

“Having spent time at the hospital and seen first-hand how GOSH helps poorly children and their families – you just can’t put a price on it.”

Fundraising to say thank you 

With Archie now in rehabilitation, his family wanted to say thank you. Using Archie’s brand-new treadmill, he challenged himself to complete 5k to raise vital funds for GOSH Charity.

"Archie chose GOSH and said he wanted to help families like ours and make a difference to other sick children in the hospital,” explains Stephanie, “Having seen our own family being helped by the charity, I would recommend anyone to help this wonderful cause. Putting a smile on a child’s face is priceless in what can be a time of emotional distress for many of these families”.

Archie smashed his initial £50 target and raised a huge £500 in just a few days!

The power of play 

Everyone is so proud of Archie and what’s he achieved during his rehabilitation. The family have even had support from the Pride of Britain awards. During his time in hospital, GOSH’s wonderful Play team were a huge support for Archie and his family throughout his recovery.

“While we were an inpatient family, the play therapists were brilliant! Archie was unable to move for three days following surgery, the activities provided by the Play team kept him entertained and gave him a day to look forward to.”

The Play team also provided comfort to his family, enabling them to watch their son sit up for the first time following surgery.

“Archie has been working extremely hard while in rehabilitation and is making excellent progress although we still have a long way to go,” says Stephanie, “He’s so much more flexible and comfortable now and we couldn’t be more proud and thankful to the teams at GOSH”.

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