An agreed approach to the care and support of people with learning disabilities when in hospital. OR… Taking the horror out of hospital!. What parents are saying…. “Unless we stay with my daughter 24/7 on the ward, then I fear that she would not survive the hospital stay”
Taking the horror out of hospital!
Source: Mencap ‘Getting It Right’ online survey of 1000 healthcare professionals
Kyle was a young man with profound learning disabilities. He was blind, deaf, born with cerebral palsy, brain damage and quadriplegia. He had no language but could communicate by making different noises to express feelings, including happiness and pain.
In October 2006, at Basildon Hospital, Kyle died from asphyxiation after his head became wedged in the metal frame of his hospital bed.
“Despite the challenges Kyle faced, he led a happy and fulfilled life.
Our family miss a much loved person who, for all his disabilities, had an infectious laugh, a unique personality and a charisma that drew people to him.
He loved the wind on his face, loved being pushed over cobblestones and laughed from the moment he woke to the moment he went to sleep.
Our heartache will remain for ever.”