Chil­dren’s ward staff ‘stars’ went ex­tra mile for fam­ily

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

STAFF on Ys­byty Gwynedd’s Chil­dren’s Ward have been recog­nised for go­ing the ex­tra mile to pro­vide care and sup­port to the fam­ily of a child with com­plex care needs.

The staff on Dewi Ward have re­ceived a Betsi Star award from Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Gary Do­herty af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by Oswyn Wil­liams and Sarah Wil­liams.

In Au­gust 2016, their son Jack was born at 26 weeks, weigh­ing less than 1kg. He un­der­went twin-to-twin trans­fu­sion syn­drome surgery at 23 weeks ges­ta­tion. Sadly, his brother, Harry, didn’t sur­vive.

He is now 20 months old and has com­plex care needs due to his ex­treme pre­ma­tu­rity and prob­lems in the first days of his life. He has hy­dro­cephalus and se­vere cere­bral palsy as well as brain dam­age. He will need on­go­ing care for the rest of his life.

His fa­ther, Oswyn, said his fam­ily, who live in Rhostre­hwfa on Anglesey, wouldn’t have been able to get through these dif­fi­cult times with­out the sup­port of staff on Dewi Ward.

He said: “The care re­quired takes a lot of our time away from To­mos, his older brother, who, at three years old, is at a crit­i­cal stage in his emo­tional as well as phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment. Dewi Ward staff have pro­vided us with the time we need to spend with To­mos when­ever we needed it.

“My wife and I will never be able to thank them enough for the ded­i­ca­tion and care they pro­vided to our fam­ily as a whole.”

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Betsi Cad­wal­adr Univer­sity Health Board, Mr Do­herty, added: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to the team on Dewi Ward. The care and sup­port the staff have pro­vided, and con­tinue to pro­vide, to lit­tle Jack and his fam­ily is truly out­stand­ing and this is a very well de­served award.”

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