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A mother has publically thanked staff at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital after they saved her 11 year-old son’s life.

Verity Slater told the Basildon Echo that she initially thought Theo had a stomach bug and she called 999 when he became more poorly and started to turn yellow.

Basildon staff operated and arranged for an intensive care ambulance to transfer Theo to St Mary’s Hospital, in London.

Verity told the Echo: “Theo is now fighting for his life at St Mary’s and he is being looked after amazingly but it’s early days.

“We don’t know what the future will hold, but what we do know is Theo wouldn’t be here at all and given the chance to survive this if it wasn’t for staff at Basildon.

“St Mary’s have praised Basildon and said they did an amazing job for a child that was that sick, that their quick decisions at every point no doubt saved Theo, and he would not be here at all if they didn’t operate exactly when they did.”

Theo has epilepsy and autism and a mental age of an 18 month-old. He is non-verbal and communicates with Makaton – a language involving pictures.

Verity said:  “He’s always been a fighter and has had many serious seizures that have resulted in long hospital stays when he was younger but for many years, he has been physically healthy and doesn’t even seem to catch anything. This is his biggest fight yet.”

Kilali Ominu-Evbota, a consultant paediatrician at Basildon Hospital, said: “We’re all just so happy that Theo is doing ok and we are grateful for his mother’s kind words during what must still be a very difficult time for her.

“This was a whole team effort. Nothing makes us all feel more satisfied with our work than making a real difference to a child’s life and wellbeing.”

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