Alongside Nick Knowles and his team, Prism helped to massively transform the family home of 20-year old Chloe who lives in Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire.
Chloe has Aspergers and Mastocytosis – a disorder of the body’s mast cells, as well as other debilitating conditions. Growing up with Asperger’s wasn’t easy but Chloe was still in many ways, a typical teenager. She spent all her time horse riding, playing with her friends and going to Zumba classes.
At 13, everything changed overnight. After what seemed to be a gastro-illness, Chloe struggled to eat and drink without constant sickness. She had dizzy spells, allergic reactions to almost anything she consumed – and was living in chronic pain. The family were in fear of what was wrong with their daughter as her symptoms progressed leading to total loss of mobility. A & E became their second home. To make matters worse the stress led to mum Suze suffering a stroke, as she tried to come to terms with her daughter’s unknown future.
Chloe was confined to a hospital bed in the family dining room – unable to walk or look after herself, she required around-the-clock care. Her many conditions are severely debilitating and their world is confined to the family’s dining room – where she is fed through a Hickman line above her heart.
The DIY SOS team, alongside many volunteers and with the help of Prism Medical UK made a whole range of building adjustments and changes to help improve their living space, indoors and outdoors. They redesigned the entire house to provide Chloe with independence, thanks to her own self-contained apartment, complete with bedroom, wet room and sitting room. Chloe’s new dedicated space now enables her to be able to enjoy her craft hobbies and connect online with the teenage support network that she has set-up to help other teens. This will provide confidence and a real focus for Chloe away from her own problems.
Brian Ruttle, Group Technical Support Manager, Prism Medical UK, was able to assist and advise the DIY SOS team and stated: ‘Prism Medical UK were delighted to donate and a Freeway TransactiveXtra ceiling track hoist connected from the bedroom, into the bathroom then into the living room area. We feel honoured to have helped Chloe enjoy her life at home with the family she loves.’