Ethan, two, thanks hospital for care

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A toddler has returned to a hospital unit to thank staff there for looking after him.

Ethan Loy, two, of Bedlington, was accompanied on his visit to the children’s assessment unit at North Tyneside General Hospital by his mum Lyndsay and baby sister Millie.

Family friend Michelle Hankinson also went along to hand over more than £1,200 she raised for the children’s diabetes team at the North Shields hospital to show her gratitude for the care it gave to the two-year-old.

Ethan was just 19 months old when he was rushed to the accident-and-emergency at Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital after falling ill.

He was then transferred to North Tyneside General and diagnosed with type-one diabetes.

Paediatric diabetes specialist nurse Val Burns said: “The impact of diabetes can be huge, and thanks to this generous donation, we’ll be able to provide more help and support for other families and children affected by this common long-term condition.

“Thanks to donations in the past, we’ve been able to provide many of our young patients with educational books about their condition and name-bands to help people at school recognise children with diabetes, as well as special sensor machines that can detect when glucose levels are dropping.

“This new money will be invaluable in helping many other children like Ethan.”

Lyndsay said: “All of the nurses at North Tyneside were fantastic at helping to explain to me, in simple terms, what Ethan’s diagnosis actually meant.

“It was quite daunting to be told that my two-year-old son had a condition that would be with him for the rest of his life, but the nurses were fantastic.

“They explained to me how the condition could be managed and gave me the reassurance I needed that Ethan could lead pretty much as normal a life as possible.”

After hearing of the care Ethan had received, Michelle, owner of Michelle’s School of Dance in Ellington, raised more than £1,200 at a show for children.

Ethan will now have his condition reviewed every three months by the specialist team at North Tyneside General.