Summary: 2014 marked the beginning of a turbulent journey for little William and his family. Immediately after his birth, William spent 6 weeks in the neonatal unit with some kidney and bladder complications.
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William, from Surrey, lives with a complex undiagnosed condition that has caused him to spend his first 15 months in hospital. Now that William is finally out of hospital—although still receiving intensive care-- he dreams of going somewhere sunny with his mother, father and sister.
2014 marked the beginning of a turbulent journey for little William and his family. Immediately after his birth, William spent 6 weeks in the neonatal unit with some kidney and bladder complications. Things took a dramatic turn for the worse when William suddenly stopped breathing in September, when he was just 6 months old.
After being resuscitated at home, William was admitted into intensive care at St George’s hospital, which was terrifying for both of his parents. The situation was further complicated by the fact that William’s parents were yet to receive an official diagnosis of his condition, and had to provide some sense of normality to William’s 4-year-old sister while they adjusted their lifestyles. They were forced to radically alter their lives.
Although the family’s life is still frantic—with up to 10 hospital appointments per week and numerous night shifts for William’s parents—Dawn and Mark are determined to keep fighting. Their goal is to provide as normal a life as possible for both their son and their daughter.
William’s dream is simple: to “pack suitcases and go on an aeroplane with mummy, daddy and Emily”. A holiday around Christmas would undeniably provide some precious moments of relaxation and bonding for William’s whole family, which has shown incredible resilience and strength.