Meet Ishmael and his mum Iman

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Ishmael was born at just 24 weeks and diagnosed with necrotising enterocolitis, a condition that affects the digestive system and is more common in premature infants. Ishmael underwent surgery just a few weeks after birth and has had a number of procedures since then, including a tracheostomy and heart surgery.

It was a really difficult time for the family, but every day is a blessing says mum Iman.

However he is still a child with complex health problems.

We are incredibly proud of Ishmael, he has been through so much yet he continues to smile and has a zest for life,. One of my favourite quotes is ‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away’. Ishmael continues to bless us with these moments every day.

When the family first visited Richard House for respite care Iman said she  immediately felt a weight lifted from her shoulders.

The constant support and care from Richard House has made life that much easier. Knowing that I can leave Ishmael in a safe and fun environment, surrounded by staff who love and care him, puts my heart at ease.

Richard House continues to give us stability that enables us to remain upbeat and positive despite going through the most difficult times.