Brave Henri’s Christmas Joy
Tuesday 29th December 2015 @ 11:58 by Lee Wild
Hyde News

One very brave little boy from Hyde received a Christmas present to remember after a difficult year for him and his family.

In February this year, four-year-old Henri Hyde became unwell with a cough and cold. His mother took him to see the doctor but was told not to worry, as it was only a virus.

But less than 24 hours later he had lost control of one side of his body and was rushed to Tameside Hospital.

It quickly became apparent specialist care was needed and Henri was transferred to the Neurological Ward at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

After an assessment he was diagnosed with ADEM – Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis.

The condition affects the nerves on the left side of the brain, meaning any bodily functions controlled by that side have to be learnt again.

His mother said: “He’s doing extremely well, but every day is a struggle for him.”

She now hopes to raise awareness of the condition, as a quicker diagnosis could have helped Henri.
The concerned mum was keen to thank all the staff at Ward 78 of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, who she says have been ‘absolutely amazing.’

“We owe our complete year to Ward 78 at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital,” Henri’s mum added.
“The care and love that the nurses provide is just absolutely amazing.

“The work that the nurses do is incredible, not only do they care for the children they care for the families too.

“We owe our Christmas to them, they brought him through this and for that I’ll be forever thankful.”
After hearing about Henri’s battle through Facebook, Strawberry Angels Photography Studio in Ashton chose him as a winner of one of their competitions.

His mother was very thankful for the gift that the studio provided.

“We would never have been able to do this for Henri because I’ve had to go part-time at work, and take lots of time off to care for him,” she added.

Henri’s mum also wanted to make a special mention for Linda, Tracey and all the staff at Rainbow Corner pre-school in Hyde for the care they gave Henri after his memory loss, plus Dowson Primary School for all the effort they put into Henri’s care.

Henri’s family is planning a charity event next year, as a thank you to the staff on Ward 78 of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.