Amazing Aiden's Story
GT Exhibitions are proud to annouce our support for 2 year old, Aiden Mitchell. We hope that by sharing Aiden's story we can help Aiden and his family raise more funds to help him with his ongoing recovery.
Here is Aiden's story from Keith Mitchell, Aiden's Dad.....
On Tuesday June 17th at 12:13am Fleur gave birth to our beautiful son Aiden Graeme Johnston Mitchell weighing 6lb 9oz. Unfortunately as you have most probably heard there were complications with the birth which resulted in Aiden being starved of oxygen for some time.
Aiden was quickly taken away and worked on by a wonderful team, the first 2 hours we did not know whether he had survived or not. Aiden is a little fighter and was moved to intensive care unit, where the team began to reduce his body temperature as he was suffering from hypoxia-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE). Aiden was assessed and the decision taken to transfer him to the Rosie Hospital at Addenbrookes where they could further reduce his body temperature to try and stop the spread of the toxins to his brain to reduce further damage.
Aiden was a star and travelled to the Rosie with the ANTS (acute neonatal transfer service) team on Tuesday morning, we were able to follow later that evening once Fleur had been discharged from the hospital.
At present Aiden is still wrapped in his ice blanket and his breathing is being assisted, he is suffering from seizures which need to be controlled as this can cause further damage to his brain, we may not know for some time how affected Aiden will be. We are spending time with him and reassuring him and loving him so much but just don’t know what the future holds for our family and our brave little boy, we thank you so much for your support and we really couldn’t manage without it as this has been the most difficult time ever for us.
Aiden is a fighter and we are just hoping and praying the damage is minimal but we are also realistic, Aiden is the most beautiful little boy ever and has stolen our hearts, please keep him in your thoughts as he needs every bit of hope and love out there.
Aiden spends the majority of his time doing physiotherapy to help strengthen his muscles; physiotherapy is done through play and correct postural positioning. To aid Aiden he uses a special chair for sitting and eating but he needs more equipment to enable him to explore his surroundings and play with toys as any child should be able to. Aiden loves horse riding and swimming which all help with his progress. In addition to swimming lessons he also has some hydrotherapy sessions in a hydro pool. The temperature of the water, combined with sensory lighting and music makes for a relaxing and enjoyable therapy session.
Aiden was nominated and won the Pride of Essex, Child of Courage Award in November 2015. Aiden is the youngest ever winner of this award, he truly is remarkable. Aiden has helped raise over £35,000.00 for various charities which we have encountered along this journey. Aiden still actively supports these charities
After very successful campaigns (thanks to the generosity of everyone who contributed) with ACT and supporting Action Medical Research, we are now looking to start an appeal with Go Fund Me.
For Aiden to reach his potential, and live as full a life as possible, he will need specialist equipment and continuous therapy. Not all of this can be provided locally or by the NHS, we therefore wish to raise money for Aiden. All money raised will go towards supporting Aiden in the best way possible.
Please donate at
Alternatively, If you would like to donate towards the therapy that Aiden needs, you can donate securely to the Just4Children charity. The charity Just4Children will hold the money securely for Aiden, the therapy centres would then invoice Just4Children directly for payment
If you would like any further information, please visit Aiden's website www.amazingaiden.com or contact David Leigh (Davidleigh@gtexhibitions.com)