Abi began to make a remarkable recovery under the wonderful care of the team in the Children’s Critical Care Centre. The nurses there were incredible.

Then, much to my dismay, on the tenth day after admission, Abi managed to pull out the external ventricular drain (EVD) that was helping her drain excess cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) from her brain. A consultant came immediately, and without using any local anaesthesia, he quickly closed the wound by sewing up her head. Abi was not best pleased: “Ouchy!” she screamed. But it proved no big ordeal and she was soon playing happily, having forgotten all about the drama.

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