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Elodie's Crosshouse Journey

11 April 2024 Elodie chair

5-year-old Elodie has Cerebral Palsy and has had a number of inpatient stays at Crosshouse over the years. Hear about her hospital experience and the support she has received in the words of her Mum, Bronagh.

'After a traumatic birth, Elodie arrived 7 weeks early at Crosshouse University Hospital. She was resuscitated at birth and, as a result, has quite severe Cerebral Palsy.'

'Elodie spent the first month of her life in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and has had a few admissions to the children’s ward at Crosshouse over the years.'

Elodie baby'When she was 6 months old, she was admitted to Crosshouse to get an NG tube fitted, as she was struggling with her feeding.'

'This was a difficult time for our family as it came about 4 days before we were due to fly out to Spain on holiday; but thanks to the care and expertise of the staff at Crosshouse, we still managed to make it.'

‘Elodie is so resilient. She takes all her health problems in her stride.’

Bronagh, elodie's mum

Elodie bed'The staff at Crosshouse are lovely and always go above and beyond to make sure Elodie receives the best possible care, and that our family are taken care of.'

'Elodie has a big brother and a wee brother who absolutely dote on her and love to help look after her.'

'On the toughest days with Elodie, it can feel like everything is getting on top of you and that there is no light at the end of the tunnel.'

'But then, she’ll make a noise or give you a wee smile, and everything feels alright again. It’s as if she knows you need a pick me up.'

Elodie smiling'There truly is no better feeling than seeing Elodie develop her own wee personality - even if it is that of a Diva at times!'

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Each year more than 25,000 babies, children and young people from across Ayrshire and Arran are treated in the hospitals we support.

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