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Andy Wells

Running the London marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I have been lucky enough to get a ballot place for the London marathon and have decided to use my space to raise money for Naomi House and Jacksplace in memory of my son. Below is a little bit about what he went through. Thank you.[/p][p]In July [url=http://tel:2014]2014[/url] my youngest son, Ethan, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 14 months. He spent the next 9 months in hospital, many of those in intensive care. [/p][p]Ethan underwent numerous operations during those months, from emergency abdominal surgery to lengthy brain surgery, all to just get him over the first hurdle, a hurdle which the doctors later told us they didn't think he would clear. After his operations his little lungs struggled to cope unaided so the decision was made to give him a tracheostomy which, along with his feeding tube, cerebral shunt and PICC line all became part of him and his amazing character. [/p][p]January [url=http://tel:2015]2015[/url] arrived and with that so did the chemotherapy. 12 weeks on and an MRI Scan showed the tumour had shrunk slightly to the amazement of the doctors who had expected it to remain the same, if not grow a little. Ethan continued to make good progress, and with care available at home he was finally able to leave hospital. We all adapted to life at home, giving him regular medication and sticking to a strict feeding plan. His brother, Harry and sister, Leah adored being able to play with him somewhere other than a hospital bed and he was soon king of the household, demanding toys, phones and Mr Tumble on repeat. Who were we to refuse? Life threw a few more obstacles in our way, a change of chemotherapy lead to a constant build up of fluid in his abdomen which needed draining regularly, at one point they removed 3 litres. [/p][p]After his latest dose of chemo, Ethan developed a temperature which isn't uncommon while on the treatment so on the 13th of November he was admitted to hospital for antibiotics. 4 days later he suffered a cardiac arrest while in hospital and it took 20 minutes for him to respond to CPR. Ethan returned to intensive care and was placed on a lung oscillator. Between the 17th and 26th he had regular physio and daily xrays to look for signs of improvement but there were none. In the early hours of the 27th we were asked to step outside while they moved Ethan for physio and were warned he may arrest again. He did. We were called back in to see him and it was at that point his brave mummy told the doctors and nurses to step back and stop CPR. Little Ethan had put up an incredible fight but it was just too much for him and he passed away aged 2 and a half.[/p][p]After his passing we were transferred to Naomi house. A place where we were offered respite care but we're never able to visit. We spent time in their butterfly suite, an area where friends and family could come and say goodbye. The staff helped by keeping Harry and Leah occupied while arrangements for his funeral were made and it is a place that I will always be in debt to for everything they do.[/p]

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May 19, 2019

Row and Sadie

From your Mums swimming partners (the 2 ladies)

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 6, 2019

Mike & Sally Wickham

Well done x

£10.00

May 2, 2019

Karen

£10.00

Apr 29, 2019

Nana Jeram

Well done Andrew xx

Apr 29, 2019

Your Favourite Auntie

A fantastic achievement Andrew, well done!!! x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Anonymous

£30.00

Apr 28, 2019

Anonymous

£20.00

Apr 28, 2019

Matthew Loizou

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Sam Bishop

Good luck Andy, go smash it mate!!!!

£10.00

Apr 28, 2019

Anonymous

Ethan would be very proud of his dad today. Good luck Andy. Pauline Peter Jackson, Otterbourne .

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid