It’s 10-storey time with de­voted aunt

Na­dia ab­seils at hospi­tal that helped Mau­rice, three

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

A BRAVE lit­tle boy’s fight for life has in­spired his aunt to raise money for the chil­dren’s in­ten­sive care unit that helped to save him.

Na­dia Marsella was one of 55 peo­ple who ab­seiled 10 storeys down the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Build­ing at St Mary’s Hospi­tal in Padding­ton in aid of the More Smiles Ap­peal, which aims to raise £2 mil­lion to ren­o­vate and ex­pand the hospi­tal’s chil­dren’s in­ten­sive care unit.

Na­dia, from Hayes, raised £440 to thank the hospi­tal for suc­cess­fully treat­ing her nephew, Mau­rice Marsella Joseph, who was di­ag­nosed with a rare meta­bolic dis­or­der, known as MPS 1 Hurler syn­drome, shortly after he was born pre­ma­turely four years ago.

The syn­drome af­fects one in ev­ery 100,000 chil­dren and symp­toms can in­clude res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, hear­ing loss, an en­larged liver and vi­sion prob­lems.

“Mau­rice was very sick and was treated at a few hos­pi­tals. He came to St Mary’s when he was about seven-months-old be­cause he caught a chest in­fec­tion,” said Na­dia, who works in St Mary’s Hospi­tal’s Lindo Wing.

“His im­mune sys­tem was very low due to treat­ment and if he caught a cold it could have killed him.

“We thought he was go­ing to die but the team in the chil­dren’s in­ten­sive care unit at St Mary’s re­as­sured us.

“They un­der­stood his prob­lems straight away and he was re­ally well looked after.”

The More Smiles Ap­peal aims to cre­ate a new unit with 15 beds, al­most dou­bling the cur­rent num­ber, al­low­ing more than 200 ex­tra chil­dren to be cared for each year, and has the sup­port of the Duchess of Cam­bridge.

There will also be new equip­ment, a ded­i­cated par­ents’ room and a pri­vate room al­low­ing space for doc­tors and nurses to pro­vide emo­tional sup­port and care to fam­i­lies whose chil­dren are se­ri­ously ill.

To find out more about the More Smiles Ap­peal or to sign up for fu­ture events, go to www.

The team in the chil­dren’s in­ten­sive care unit re­as­sured us... they un­der­stood his prob­lems straight away

n DON’T LOOK DOWN: Na­dia Marsella ab­seiled down 10 storeys at St Mary’s Hospi­tal in Padding­ton to raise money for the More Smiles Ap­peal

n DAUNTLESS AUNT: Na­dia Marsella, from Hayes, with her nephew Mau­rice

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