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Right Arrow Mum tackles triathlon for hospitals that saved her son
16 May 2016 at 14:13

A mum-of-three is taking part in the Southport Triathlon to raise funds for two hospitals that saved her son’s life.

Claire Taylor, 46, will compete in the event on 22 May. This is six years on from the very day medics came to the rescue of two-year-old Christian.

Christian was a perfectly healthy boy who collapsed one Sunday morning following a viral infection.

Claire said: “One day we were enjoying a lovely sunny morning as a family, the next moment we were watching medical teams fighting to save our son’s life.”

Christian was taken to Ormskirk hospital A&E and his seizure lasted an hour. He was put on full life support.

Claire, who is originally from St Helens and is now living in Hesketh Bank, said: “We were terrified and in total shock. The staff at Ormskirk hospital A&E were absolutely amazing.

"Christian was then transferred to Alder Hey where he remained for five days.”

Christian made a full recovery and is now a very healthy and active eight-year-old.

Mum Claire now wants to raise funds for Ormskirk hospital and Mac House at Alder Hey where her and husband Wayne stayed while their son was treated.

On 22 May she and pals Gabriela Cieplińska and Clare Bamber will compete in the triathlon. They will do the “sprint” version which includes 750m swim, 20k on bike and 5k run.

Claire added: “I want to say thank-you to the hospitals that saved our son’s life and then supported us through that very difficult week.”

To sponsor Claire go to:

Photo caption: Claire with son Christian.


Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone     01704 705061
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Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital.  In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases.