Just4Children are fundraising to help Harrison receive therapies and specialist equipment to enable him to regain some of his lost skills, particularly to try and get him to be able to sit and crawl again.
Harrison is a lovely 5 year old boy from Currie near Edinburgh who following a birth injury has severe cerebral palsy and breathing difficulties.
Our son, Harrison, now age 5, was born prematurely following an umbilical cord prolapse at home. Following a hairy journey to hospital Harrison and the fastest hands in the west Harrison was born by crash section 12 minutes after arriving at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The fantastic team there performed CPR on Harrison before he was put on a ventilator and cooling machine for a number of days to try and prevent further brain damage. His first few days were touch and go, with thoughts that he might not survive. Miraculously, he beat the odds and 5 weeks later Harrison was discharged home.
Since then Harrison has spent over a year in hospital with multiple respiratory tract infections. However, thanks to the wonderful care he has received he was making steady progress and had learned to eat and drink, sit, crawl and was learning to stand and making some progress towards walking.
Unfortunately in June 2020 disaster struck and Harrison sustained a further brain injury secondary to a cardiac arrest at home due to a choking episode. He then spent over 4 months in hospital recovering, during which time he had many life threatening complications.
Whilst he lost most of his previous skills and is not currently able to eat or drink or mobilise independently, with intensive therapy he is making slow progress towards regaining some of them. He still has a great love of Peppa pig and enjoys time with his family, especially with his little sister.
We are fundraising for Just4Children to try and help pay for therapy and equipment he so desperately needs to try and maximise his abilities and improve his quality of life.