Imperial Children’s Appeal

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St Mary's

'If found please return to St Mary’s'

This is the tattoo with an extraordinary story behind it. It belongs to 23-year-old Sam Kean, who fell over 70 feet from a fifth floor balcony in London’s bustling Soho district.

The impact of Sam’s fall had smashed his pelvis, collar bone and heel bones, broken both his elbows and snapped his femur. When the ambulance crew arrived, they immediately drilled a hole in Sam’s head to relieve the pressure on his brain caused by internal bleeding. Sam briefly died en route to St Mary’s major trauma centre, paramedics having to stop to perform CPR before continuing onto the hospital where he was placed in an induced coma by the hospital’s specialist major trauma staff.

His injuries were so severe, his parents were called in to St Mary’s Hospital at one stage to say goodbye to their son. Over the following weeks, major trauma staff operated on Sam on further occasions to help piece his broken body together again. Sam’s condition gradually improved and three weeks after the fall, Sam awoke from his coma. For the next seven weeks he remained in the care of staff at the major trauma centre before undergoing several months of intense rehabilitation to help him re-learn to walk, talk and eat.

As a testament to his recovery and the care he received, Sam bravely ran his first ever marathon on 7 May 2012, exactly a year after his accident. It was his way of saying thank you to the incredible efforts of St Mary’s major trauma staff who had saved his life. He is currently studying biology at a London university with plans to become a neuropsychologist.

Clothes for children
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If parents aren't able to pick up more clothes for their sick children who stay longer than expected in wards, having a fresh set ready means children stay as comfortable as possible.


Changing mats

A huge number of babies are cared for every day, and having a clean, fresh supply of changing mats means parents can change their child as they would at home.

Teddy bears

Having a teddy bear as a buddy for the day and where staff can model procedures to children is hugely reassuring and comforting for children in a hospital environment.

Portable DVD player

Children in A&E, intensive care or living with limb and mobility conditions can watch DVDs from their bed to keep themselves pre-occupied.

High chairs

Babies need good support at feeding time which these chairs provide, allowing staff can maintain normal feeding times routines away from home.

Breast Pumps

Breast pumps are for babies who are too unwell to breast feed, important when they are ill; pumps can be used to express the mother's milk and fed to their baby through feeding tubes.

Days out from the hospital £300

Activity days away from the hospital help make children with chronic illnesses feel less stigmatised and offer a chance to enjoy being a child again.

Decoration and extra furniture £500

Creating bright, fun places for children can make their hospital visit far less daunting, and make them far more likely to co-operate.

Portable sensory play unit £10,000

For children with special needs or who have been through trauma, this bubble tube of fibre optics soothes, distracts and calms children.

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