Wilburton Mum Launches Fund-Raising Campaign for Head Injury Unit

PUBLISHED: 10:29 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:23 04 May 2010

Georgina Peachey with son Aaron

Georgina Peachey with son Aaron

A MOTHER whose son was left in intensive care after an accident, in which he was knocked off his bike, has launched a fund-raising bid for the unit which treated him. Georgina Peachey, from Mill Place, Wilburton told the Ely Standard that her son Aaron,

A MOTHER whose son was left in intensive care after an accident, in which he was knocked off his bike, has launched a fund-raising bid for the unit which treated him.

Georgina Peachey, from Mill Place, Wilburton told the Ely Standard that her son Aaron, aged 12, came home from school, grabbed his bike and went off on a cycle ride without his cycle helmet.

Minutes later he was hit by a car in Stretham Road, Wilburton, and rushed to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he was treated for serious head injuries. Aaron, a pupil at Witchford Village College, has now made a full recovery and his mum says he is lucky there are no lasting injuries.

"He was very lucky to have no broken bones, and no brain injury," said Mrs Peachey.

"He lost part of his middle finger but they found that and stitched it back on, and he's back to his normal mischievous self now."

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit aims to raise £36,000 to fund two state-of-the-art pieces of equipment that monitor tiny changes in a child's brain. An injured child can then be permanently wired to the machine instead of being taken for a daily scan. Any swelling or bleeding on the brain is picked up immediately by the medical team.

"You never know when it may be your child who might need the unit," said Mrs Peachey.

"I saw on the news only the other day about a girl being hit by a speedboat, and she was brought over from Ipswich - they help people from all over East Anglia. "I never thought it would be my son, but it can happen to anyone and we are all very lucky that the unit is there."

Mrs Peachey is appealing for members of the public to donate prizes for a charity bingo at Wilburton Social Club on June 28.

INFO: Contact her on 07719179629 to register your support.

Pic cap: Georgina Peachey and her son Aaron who has now made a full recovery.

Photo: HELEN DRAKE

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