In a year like this, imagine a loved one in hospital for Christmas
For teenager Charlie Scotcher, pins and needles in his feet was the first sign of a life-threatening condition that saw him in intensive care unable to walk or talk within days.
Gold Coast Hospital Foundation was first alerted to Charlie’s case when his social worker asked for urgent help to place his parents and 13-year-old sister in emergency accommodation.
Charlie, who was 16 when he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, and turned 17 while in a coma, was told he would spend his November birthday and Christmas in hospital.
“No one ever expects something like that to happen. It could be your family, relatives, friends – but you never expect it,” Charlie says, “If it does happen, that’s when you realise that charities like Gold Coast Hospital Foundation are so important.”