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Ella

4 May 2019, 10:03 a.m.

Last year nine-year-old Ella went into intensive care at Bristol Children’s Hospital after developing an infection. Below, her Dad, Richard shares what Paul’s House meant to them during this difficult time.

In September 2018, our eldest daughter was transferred to Bristol Children’s hospital, after developing an acute infection which presented itself over 24 hours. Ella’s condition had deteriorated quickly in the early hours, whilst at Bath hospital, so she was ventilated and moved to intensive care in Bristol overnight.

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We travelled across to Bristol with our youngest daughter, who had recently started school and had had no sleep, so were relieved to discover that Paul’s House could offer us all accommodation.

My wife had recently received reconstructive surgery for her injured ankle and was still struggling to walk. Having a place to stay, just across the road from the hospital, meant that she was able to be there to help care for and support her child from early morning until late at night, in whatever way possible.

It took several weeks for Ella to recover. Having somewhere to stay, allowed her mother to see her each day, whilst I was able to take her sister to school and carry on with the routines of life. We were also able to visit her when we could and stay at the house.

Ella is severely disabled and is prone to sudden illness - this was the third time that she had needed intensive care support in the nine years of her life at Bristol Children’s Hospital. It takes a lot to keep Ella well and out of hospital, so it is reassuring to know that when we are unable to prevent an emergency admission, accommodation may be available to us.

Ella patient on PICU

Ella patient on PICU
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“We are extremely grateful for being able to use Paul’s House. It afforded us stability and reassurance, during a very difficult time.”

Richard

Ella's Dad