"We can’t thank Whipps enough for Stacey’s coronavirus care”

22 Apr 2020

Stacey was cared for at Whipps Cross Hospital, where she was critically ill with COVID-19. Now on the road to recovery, her husband Adam has shared the family’s story with the national media to highlight the wonderful work of the staff at the hospital.

Adam got the call he was dreading on Mother’s Day, when Whipps Cross Hospital asked him and his daughters to come to see his wife Stacey as soon as possible. At the hospital, Stacey’s doctor advised him that his wife, who had been admitted with the coronavirus, was unlikely to survive the next few hours and they would need to say goodbye.

Shocked, Adam and his daughters put on PPE and read aloud their Mother’s Day cards to Stacey. After the visit, the doctor gave one final option for the Fresco family to try - a technique called proning which involved turning Stacey onto her stomach. Although this technique was considered risky, Adam and his family decided to give her one more chance at recovery. As a result of proning, Stacey’s condition began to slowly improve, giving hope to Adam and his daughters.

The support from Whipps Cross staff continued throughout Stacey’s stay in hospital. Nurse Abby rang to let Adam know that Stacey was improving. Another nurse shared her personal mobile number so that Adam could send a photo of the family to share with Stacey, reminding her to “keep fighting” like Adam and her daughters were.

Stacey is now recovering well at home, enthusiastically cheering on NHS workers across the UK every Thursday evening. Adam, who is a journalist as The Times, shared the family’s story with the media to highlight the fantastic care that the family received. In his interviews, Adam suggested that people could support our emergency COVID-19 appeal as a way to thank the NHS, which has led to a boost in appeal donations, accompanied with messages of support for Stacey.

Adam says: “We’re supporting this appeal to say thank you to all the staff at Whipps Cross that helped Stacey recover, going above and beyond their regular jobs. We can’t thank them enough.”

Our COVID-19 Emergency Appeal is helping us provide urgent funds for staff who are working tirelessly across Barts Health NHS Trust. Donations are being used in many ways across our hospitals - from 3D-printed visors to protect front line staff, to iPads for isolated patients to speak with their loved ones.

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