Parents, children and partners on ’24 Hours in A&E’
This week’s episode was scheduled to be the last in the current series. However, we know it’s still cold outside and you need some St George’s A&E drama to warm your heart and keep things cosy on a midweek evening so we’re going to keep the episodes coming!
This week we are focusing on the close relationships between parents, children and partners.
Nine-year-old Robert is in A&E with his dad, Marcus. He has a heart problem and today he has a dangerously high heart rate – it’s been up to almost 200 bpm for nearly an hour. Doctors are concerned and decide to give Robert strong medication that will stop his heart for a few seconds and should restore his normal rate.
Robert, a talented and keen rugby player, may need a pacemaker fitting and even faces an operation in later life. “The thought of a ten-year-old boy having a pacemaker for the rest of his life, that’s a scary thought,” says Marcus. “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t enter my mind that you could lose him which is the worst fear for any parent.”
32-year-old Mark has fallen thirty feet from some scaffolding outside his house while doing some DIY. He’s conscious, which is a good sign, but there is concern that he may have damaged his spine and suffered internal injuries, so he’s sent for a CT scan.
Mark’s mum and dad rush to be with him. Dad Danny is close to his sons after losing his own father when he was fourteen. “I don’t like to see my boys hurt, I’d much sooner it would have been me,” says Danny.
Meanwhile 74-year-old Christine arrives in A&E after an accident in her garden. She fell just five feet, but she landed awkwardly on her face and has nasty facial injuries. Her husband Mike is by her side. It’s her second fall in a year and he’s worried. “You’re looking at this person that you love and you know what they’ve been like for all your life and suddenly they’re not like that any more,” he says. “You can’t believe it, it’s a real shock.”
Mike and Christine first met at school when they were eight and he can’t imagine life without her. “We’ve done everything together our entire lives, almost. The thought of coping on your own is horrendous,” says Mike.