FOUR little girls from the same family are on the mend after all being treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Annabelle Taylor, aged five, and her sister Phoebe, three, along with their cousins Maddie, four, and Sophie, two, have received treatment in A&E, surgical theatres, at outpatients and orthopaedics, and within the speech and language therapy departments.
They are all granddaughters of Sue Taylor, who works at the hospital where she is also a staff governor.
The 62-year-old said: “It’s unbelievable they’ve all ended up coming here for treatment and I work here too!
“But they’ve had an excellent service for all the different types of specialisms.”
Annabelle had a blockage in her artery at three weeks’ old and was rushed to A&E in Sheffield, before being transferred to Leicester for an operation.
“She’s made a full recovery and just has a scar across her back,” Sue said.
“Paediatrics keep an eye on her now here under Dr Rob Primhak.”
Then Phoebe had her tonsils and adenoids removed after a study by the trust’s Sleep Team discovered she was suffering from sleep apnoea, which causes people to stop breathing in their sleep.
Sophie had problems with her hips and needed a special harness to help realign them.
The family had been living near Birmingham but moved to Sheffield and Sophie started treatment in the hospital’s orthopedic department.
And Maddie was found to have a hearing problem and was sent for tests.
Experts are continuing to monitor little Maddie’s condition.
Richard Newton, lead governor at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Sue’s a great governor here because she’s been so involved with the hospital over the last 30 years having worked here and bringing her children and grandchildren here for treatments.”
n Visit www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk for more information about becoming a hospital governor.