Equipment bought for hospital ward in memory of two-year-old Hitchin tot

A HOSPITAL ward has been kitted out with thousands of pounds worth of equipment, after the family of a two-year-old boy who died went on a fundraising mission in his memory.

Family and friends of Oliver Else, who died after falling into a swimming pool at a party in July 2010, raised �40,000 for Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where staff battled to save his life.

That money has been used to buy equipment for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and it is now all fully functional in the ward.

Oliver’s mother Lorna, father Jason and brothers Tomas and Samuel will visit the ward next month to see the equipment, and a plaque will be put up in Oliver’s memory.

They will be accompanied by those instrumental in the fundraising efforts, including people from Kingshott School and Highbury Lodge Nursery.

Herbert Costrato, clinical services manager at Addenbrooke’s PICU, said: “The generous donation from the Else family and their supporters will enhance the services and speed at which we deliver lifesaving treatment which makes the PICU at Addenbrooke’s the one that the children of East Anglia deserve.

“Thank you very much to the Else family for their dedication and kind support.”

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Equipment that the Else family bought includes a resuscitation trolley with defibrillation unit, a haemofiltration unit, which purifies and cleanses blood, a CO2 monitor and retrieval bags.

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