Alfie’s South London Football Walk

07.12.17 Categories: Patient stories, Supporter stories, How donations help,

Alfie’s dad Jamie Muller will be walking 21.4 miles with a group of friends and family between South London’s football grounds for Evelina London because of the incredible work they did, and continue to do, for their son Alfie. Jamie tells their inspiring story.

‘In May 2017 our son Alfie was born and immediately taken to Evelina London’s NICU at St Thomas' Hospital where the staff could not be sure he would survive his first night, let alone his first few days. Alfie received exceptional life-saving care including three days of being cooled to prevent further brain damage and three weeks of ventilation to help him breathe. What felt like a million scans and tests showed that Alfie was very poorly but they could not give us a specific diagnosis - and we didn't know if we'd ever get him home or what his life would be like.’

Staff provide incredible care

After four and a half weeks in NICU, Alfie was well enough to be moved into the care of Savannah Ward in Evelina London. Jamie says ‘the incredible staff provided Alfie and our whole family with the most amazing support, without this we could not have gotten through such a horrific time.’ The Muller’s spent a number of special occasions in Evelina London and the staff made sure those days were just as special spending them at the hospital as they would've been at home including Jamie’s birthday and Father's Day. They even made it a place where, despite everything, Alfie's big sister Charlotte enjoyed visiting her new baby brother.

Jamie says ‘without the miracles that the staff worked and the equipment available to them, Alfie would not be at home with us today and doing so well. Alfie is still under their care - and will be for the foreseeable future - for more tests and treatments  but we could not ask for a better place or better staff to be looking after our baby boy’.

‘Alfie is our miracle but the staff at Evelina London are the miracle workers and to say thank you we want to show our support by raising as much as we can to help them continue to provide the fantastic help and support we received to other families and children who need it.

‘Therefore, myself and a small group of friends and family will be walking a distance of 21.4 miles between four of South London’s football grounds - starting at AFC Wimbledon's home Kingsmeadow, moving on to Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park and then to The Den of Millwall, before finishing up at Charlton Athletic's The Valley.’

Would you like to support Jamie’s epic Football Walk? Please donate here.