Aidan’s room at the Alex is unveiled

A specially-designed room for long-term patients at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton has been unveiled, in memory of Aidan Stiebahl-Breeds.

The room is located on the level 9 Medical Ward at the Alex, and has been renovated thanks to donations made in Aidan’s memory.

Aidan (pictured below) was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2011 and spent many months on the Medical Ward over a four-and-a-half-year period. Complications with his condition had left him wheelchair and sometimes bed bound for the last couple of years, so the room he stayed in at the Alex effectively became his home.

Aidan’s dad Adrian, explains: “The nursing staff, doctors and support workers were exceptional throughout his time in hospital, going above and beyond their duties to care at a level far above that of just medical support. However, the bareness of the hospital surroundings were an ever-present reality check.”

Aidan passed away in September 2015. Rather than flowers, his family decided to ask for donations which would allow Rockinghorse and the Alex to make some alterations to one of the rooms on level 9. In doing so, it would be a more comfortable and homely environment for children and parents who are required to stay there for long periods of time.

Thanks to the money raised by Aidan’s family and friends, the room has been renovated to include a large mural to brighten it up, a new TV and game system has been introduced, and a fridge for personal use has also been fitted in the room. Aidan was fond of sunflowers, so vinyl stickers have also been placed around the room in his memory. In addition to these improvements, a new mattress has been provided for the adjoining parents room.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Adrian, Korinna and their friends and family for their very generous donation, allowing us to make some hugely beneficial changes and improvements for long-term patients.

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