Elijah Joakim Halse ("Lightning" to his friends) lived a short, intense life in the Jessop's Hospital in Sheffield. He was born extremely prematurely at 25 weeks and 3 days, and lived for just 37 days. He initially showed every sign and potential of leading a healthy life; he had a good heart, lungs, brain and kidneys. He was given outstanding care by the NHS staff. However he deteriorated suddenly and without warning having developed NEC (necrotising enterocolitis). He stabilised enough for investigative surgery. This showed the need to remove most of his small intestine and left him with Short Bowel Syndrome. He was making a good recovery from the surgery, but a routine head scan revealed extensive damage to his brain. While he was extremely ill, his brain had been deprived of blood. The damage was so great there was no hope of him recovering and we made the difficult decision to move from intensive to palliative care.
We were very lucky to have him, but his life was painfully short. He showed determination and strength in the challenges he faced so young. We hope that through fund raising for Action Medical Research we can make a small difference in the care for other babies in a similar situation in the future.
When Elijah was born we started a blog to keep the many people who cared up to date with his progress. We still update sometimes about how we're getting on in his absence: jameshalse.wordpress.com
|£1000.00||Mummi and Grandpa||18/11/2018||In loving memory of Elijah and his great grandma, Eileen Halse|
|£60.00||Jenny Halse||11/06/2018||For Plants and Photos|
|£10.00||Sarah x||21/04/2018||With love x|
|£20.00||Sam, Andrew and Antonia.||18/04/2018||Sending lots of love. xxx|
|£50.00||Grandpa and Mummi||26/03/2018||Remembering Elijah with sadness and love on the 5th anniversary of his birth.|
|£20.00||Jacqui||11/12/2017||A few more pennies to help you on the way to your target. Awesome achievement xx|
|£10.00||Catherine Hodgkinson||11/12/2017||Well done everyone x|
|£100.00||Andy & Clare Wilkinson||03/12/2017|
|£100.00||Julian n Kath x||03/12/2017||Go Team Lightening|
|£100.00||Mummi and Grandpa||02/12/2017||Have a great run. Our love to you all.|
|£20.00||Dave & Gillian||01/12/2017|
|£150.00||Mummi and Grandpa||20/03/2017||Sending our love to you all as we remember Elijah especially at this time.|
|£5.00||Winston & Rachel Hazel||03/12/2016|
|£5.00||Emma||02/12/2016||There are some who bring a light so great into the world that even when they're gone the light remains. Xx|
|£152.00||Jessop Wing Baby Memorial and Thanksgiving Service||01/06/2016|
|Total raised online:||£29,888.95|
|Total raised offline:||£1,510.09|
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