Next Episode of Inside Birmingham Children's Hospital is
Season 2 / Episode 4 and airs on 25 October 2017 21:00
With unprecedented access, this heart-warming new documentary series explores modern-day parenting through some of the 270,000 patient visits to Birmingham Children's Hospital each year. Narrated by David Tennant, the series intimately follows children and their families on their journeys through 34 specialist departments and further afield. From emergencies in A&E to discussions in families' cars and around the dinner table, the series discovers what it really means to be a parent, through testing and also life-affirming moments.
When children come along and a relationship becomes a parenting partnership, couples learn a lot about each other. And when their child's health is in danger, they learn an awful lot more, sometimes testing even the strongest relationships. This episode follows three children facing very different challenges, and three couples relying on each other as never before. Accident-prone four-year-old Finley is putting first-time parents Mark and Nicola through their paces in the Emergency Department waiting room. Sitting still is not on his agenda, even though he has an alarming cut on his forehead; just his latest mishap as his mum and dad climb the steep learning curve of early parenthood. Meanwhile, 10-year-old Louie faces the prospect of major heart surgery with quiet courage. But his parents Kerry and Damien struggle to hide their anxieties about the surgery and also worry about his response to their fear.
For the children and parents in this episode, tough life lessons have an added dimension, but they're determined to push on through, in the face of uncertainty. Four-year-old Rosie has leukaemia. Her dad Chris has put normal life on hold to become her full-time carer as he and her mum Jenny do everything they can to help Rosie in her fight to get better and start walking again. Fifteen-year-old Joseph was involved in a serious road traffic collision six years ago. He still struggles with serious hip pain and with GCSEs looming his mum is determined to find out the cause and get him off of the painkillers in time for his exams.
This episode follows children at the beginning of what could be a long relationship with the hospital, and a remarkable teenager who's coming to the end of life-changing treatment. Twelve-year-old Anaaya has been rushed into the hospital struggling to breathe, suddenly unable to walk and in need of urgent treatment. Her devoted mum Nicola has to call upon all her reserves of strength to support her daughter as they are told she has a life-altering condition. Meanwhile Awais has leg pain and a loss of appetite. He has leukaemia and doctors are concerned that the pains may be an indication that the cancer could be spreading. And five-year-old Skye is brought to hospital by ambulance after having an epileptic seizure at home.
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