Casey’s 160ft abseil for Evelina London
In May 2017, Casey Muller’s newborn son Alfie was rushed to Evelina London and received life-saving treatment.
To say thanks for Alfie’s ‘phenomenal’ ongoing care, Casey is taking the plunge at this year’s St Thomas’ Abseil along with her cousin Charley Weston, who is a nurse at the hospital.
When Alfie was born at his local hospital, doctors detected brain damage and could not be sure that he would even survive his first night. He was rushed to Evelina London and placed in a cooling jacket, a special therapy which helps stop oxygen-deprived brain cells from dying in order to prevent further damage.
‘It was incredibly scary,’ says Casey. ‘Nothing unusual was detected in my scans when I was pregnant, so for Alfie to be rushed away when I was expecting to be able to take him home was so frightening.’
‘The care we received and continue to receive is phenomenal. The staff are truly incredible. We felt included every step of the way and, the staff ensured we were involved in every aspect of Alfie’s care’.
‘Though Alfie needs ongoing support from Evelina London, the doctors and nurses have given us so much confidence.’
‘Considering all that he’s been through in his short life, Alfie is so incredible. He’s developing and surprising us every day. He’s a happy, cheeky boy who loves his big sister Charlotte more than anyone in the world.’
Casey’s cousin Charley has been supporting her at home and Evelina London from the beginning. She qualified as a nurse shortly after Alfie was admitted, and although she was not part of his clinical care, she was there for him and the rest of the family, as Casey remembers.
‘Any time she had spare on her lunch break, Charley would be there to talk and sing to Alfie. We were close before, but we’re so close now. Though it’s been such a difficult situation, I’m so happy to have family like Charley.’
It isn’t the first time the Mullers have taken on a fundraising challenge for Evelina London. Last year Casey’s husband Jamie raised over £6,000 on a sponsored 21.4 mile walk of four south London football grounds.
The St Thomas’ Abseil takes place on 10 May 2019, a few days before Alfie’s second birthday. Casey and Charley will be cheered on by the rest of the family including Alfie, Charlotte, Jamie and Charley’s daughter Aubrey. You can support Casey and Charley at their fundraising page here.
There is lots of other fun to take part in on the day, even if you don’t have a head for heights, including an MC, music and face painting - capture your creations from the day or strike a pose at the Showtime Photo Booth. We’ll also have interactive stalls in the gardens to celebrate International Nurses Day, as well as a food van, complimentary tea, coffee and snacks.
Lead photo: (left to right) Charlotte, Alfie and Casey Muller.