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Handstand Appeal For Little Marshall Janson
- Handstand Appeal For Little Marshall Janson
- Me, Myself, and I
- HANDSTAND APPEAL FOR POOR LITTLE MARSHALL JANSON
Marshall celebrated his first birthday on 22 December. He and his family enjoyed a lovely Christmas Day. “Marshall wore a little Santa Suit”, said his Mum, Stephanie, “He looked so sweet.”
When Marshall woke up on Boxing Day morning, Stephanie noticed a tiny rash on his forehead. Worried that it was something serious, Stephanie and Moss, Marshall’s Dad, immediately bundled him into the car and drove to Treliske Hospital in Truro.
At Hospital Marshall became more listless and was developing a rash all over his body. The medical staff immediately rushed him into intensive care. Doctors confirmed Stephanie and Moss’s worst fear - he had indeed suffered an attack of Meningitis.
Doctors fought for over four hours to save Marshall’s life. His vital organs failed on two occasions. Said Dr Thys De Beer, Head of Intensive Care at Treliske Hospital, “Marshall is the sickest child I have ever seen. His survival is almost miraculous.”
Marshall was transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital which has one of the UK’s leading specialist units in treating Meningitis in very young children. Marshall’s vital organs failed again and, once more, medical staff battled for hours to save him.
Over the next few weeks tests confirmed that Marshall had escaped brain damage and that his sight and hearing had not been impaired, however, Doctors had to tell Stephanie and Moss that Marshall would have to lose his hands and legs, due to the terrible damage caused by the septicaemia which often accompanies Meningitis. Marshall’s hands and legs were amputated on 27 January.
Said Stephanie, “We knew it had to be done, otherwise Marshall would not survive, but on the day of the operation Moss and I were just inconsolable. It seemed so unfair.”
Marshall was allowed home in time for Easter. His Mum and Dad had maintained a vigil by his bedside throughout his ordeal. “We were so glad to be allowed to go home at last”, said Moss, “while the medical staff have been marvellous, being in hospital for three months had taken its toll.”
Marshall celebrated his first birthday on 22 December. On Boxing Day, Marshall was rushed into hospital following an attack of Meningococcal Meningitis. Meningitis is a brutal and unforgiving disease. While Marshall has escaped brain damage he has had to have both his hands and both his legs amputated.
Marshall now faces a lifetime of rehabilitation while adapting to the use of prosthetic limbs. Because he is so young Marshall will continually require new prosthetic limbs as he grows. To put this in perspective, Marshall will require at least one pair of hands, at least once a year, every year until he is 16. A pair of hands costs £22K. A firm cost for his legs has yet to be established but it will be to a similar order of magnitude.
Obviously, the cost of providing Marshall with a decent quality of life is quite breathtaking - and considerably beyond the resources of Marshall’s family or, indeed, most families. It is because of the huge cost involved that the family have launched HANDSTAND -The Appeal for Marshall Janson.
An Organising Committee has been established and all sorts of fundraising activities are being planned. The Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy MP and Brian McBride, Chief Executive of Amazon (UK), have very kindly agreed to act as Patrons to the Appeal. It is hoped that having the endorsement of two such distinguished gentlemen will substantially help raise the profile of the Appeal.
A Trust Fund has been established for Marshall, with it's own dedicated Bank Account. Contributions can be made at any branch of Lloyds TSB. Account Number 01782765 Sort Code 30 97 00. Alternatively, cheques made payable to HANDSTAND can be sent to: HANDSTAND, PO Box 15, St Columb TR9 6WE.
The HANDSTAND Appeal has also received the endorsement of Phil Vickery, the Wasps and England prop forward. The former England captain said, "As a Dad, Meningitis is every parent's worst nightmare. I hope the HANDSTAND Appeal generates lots of support and raises much needed funds to help baby Marshall in his life".
Cornwall's West Briton Newspaper has helped to launch HANDSTAND and has agreed to act as a partner in the Appeal. Suzie Smith from the West Briton commented, “What has happened to Marshall is so tragic that we felt compelled to have the West Briton get behind the HANDSTAND Appeal. We urge our readers to contribute in any way that they can.”
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Please support poor Marshall in anyway you can i am now selling wrist bands on his behalf for £3.00 all money goes towards Marshall to pay for his prosthetic limbs and help him in the future your help would be very much appreciated. please leave some comments to show your support Thank you0 Replies 220 weeks