In the wake of his infant son’s brain hemorrhage, Bring Me The Horizon keyboardist, Jordan Fish, has announced that he, along with vocalist Oli Sykes, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospital where his son is currently being treated.
On the evening of Sunday 21st August, our 4 day old baby Eliot suffered what we eventually found out was a Brain Haemorrhage. My wife Emma and I reacted as quickly as we could as soon as we began to feel his crying changed from what you would consider ‘normal’ to something else. We called an ambulance in the early hours of the morning and did our best to keep him calm, awake and alive. When we arrived at Basingstoke hospital Eliot had stopped breathing more than once and was having seizures. Emma held him in the ambulance and kept him alive even though she could feel him drifting away in her arms. The hospital staff put Eliot into a coma, took over his breathing and sedated him to get the seizure under control. Once they felt he was stable enough, within about an hour or two of us arriving, they scanned Eliot’s brain. The scan showed an acute bleed in the centre of his brain and some ‘unusual’ tissue which may have caused the bleed. In the early hours of Monday morning we were transferred in a special ambulance to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton hospital where he stayed for 5 days under the 24hr supervision on the amazing team there. We are still at Southampton hospital but have now moved from the intensive care Ward to a different children’s ward where Eliot is receiving excellent care and attention. In terms of Eliot’s recovery we still have a very long way to go and we are taking each day at a time, however he is still alive to fight, he is breathing on his own and we are seeing small improvements every day. He is a little fighter and has shown amazing signs of recovery already, even at this early stage. We owe that completely to the Nurses, Doctors, Neurologists and staff at PICU. (Please see next post…)
As a way to help the ward, Fish and Sykes will be traveling to Tanzania in January and will be spending eight days climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise support for PICU Southampton. Fish’s plan is to raise £100,000 for the cause. You can now donate to his JustGiving page here.
While I’ve been in hospital I decided that I would focus myself on doing something positive for the ward and trying to raise enough money to pay for a new bed for them. Oli asked immediately if he could join me and help raise as much awareness for this cause as possible. In January we will fly to Tanzania where we will climb Mt Kilimanjaro over the course of 8 days. Our justgiving page is in my bio – please donate generously and help us reach our target