Parenting for Alder Center after losing two-year-old son to virus

STAFF at Alder Hey’s Bereavement Center “went above and beyond” for a family in St Helens after a two-year-old boy failed to fight off a viral infection.

Born prematurely at 23 weeks, Jacob Murphy “fought for his life for five months” and eventually emerged from the hospital a “strong little boy” who could live a normal life.

The “happy, bright little boy” lit up every room he walked in, said his mother Chelsea, and he loved singing and dancing to his favorite songs.

However, Jacob returned to the hospital after contracting the adenovirus in 2019 and spent three weeks at Alder Hey battling the disease.

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St. Helens Star: Jacob was born prematurely and his weakened lungs couldn't fight the virusJacob was born prematurely and his weakened lungs couldn’t fight the virus (Image: Chelsea Murphy)

Unfortunately, with complications from his weakened and premature lungs, the two-year-old was unable to fight off the virus and died in January 2020.

After Jacob’s death, he spent two weeks at Alder Hey’s bereavement center, the Alder Centre, where staff went “above and beyond” to care for him and the devastated family.

This all-out support when they needed it most is why Chelsea are now raising funds for the Alder Center to show their gratitude.

A memorial service is planned for Jacob’s sixth birthday in May, with family and friends walking from St Helens to the Alder Center in Liverpool.

St Helens Star: Chelsea and JacobChelsea and Jacob (Image: Chelsea Murphy)

Chelsea said: “The staff at the Alder Center have looked after not just Jacob but all of us as a family so much.

“They looked after us with so much care and love and Jacob always looked comfortable. We always had the time we needed and wanted with him.

“The staff went above and beyond for us and always called me to check on me, even after his funeral.

“They gave me memories to keep with me forever.”

St. Helens Star: Jacob was described as a happy, bright little boyJacob was described as a happy, bright little boy (Image: Chelsea Murphy)

In her experience, Chelsea not only want to raise money for the Alder Center, but also want to raise awareness of the support they provide to families who have lost children.

The 27-year-old, who also has a young daughter, added: “I couldn’t have asked for better people to take care of us back then.

“I really want to give them something back and let the parents who may be visiting the Alder Center know it’s such a warming place and while it’s sad, they’re definitely in good hands.”

To support Chelsea’s fundraiser, you can donate to the Alder Center on their Justgiving page here. Parenting for Alder Center after losing two-year-old son to virus

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