values logo 400 m

Please Note our site uses cookies

You only need to accept once and can find out how we use cookies by clicking the link - Learn more

I understand

.Image: Credit: Echo

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.”

Useful links

safeguardingVisit our safeguarding page

healthwatchClick here for Your one-stop-shop for information about health and care services in your area.

Contact us

  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

  • The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

How to find us

Click here for more information on how to get to our hospitals

We are a smoke-free Trust

Smoking is not allowed in any hospital building or grounds.

Smokefree Logo Navy background

Follow us


Tell us what you think

If you have recently attended our hospital or accompanied or visited a patient, you can complete our Friends and Family Test survey here:

See our Friends and Family Test page

Friends and family test - tell us what you think



Back to top