Tim Peter’s Story
25-year-old Tim Peters from Newton in Chester and his wife Amy have shown inspirational strength after Tim was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2014, weeks before his daughter, Imogen Faith was due to be born.
With the help of some fantastic staff at Clatterbridge Hospital Tim was able to experience one of the happiest days of his life and witness the birth of his daughter in the midst of recovering from intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment
The couple, who were married in 2011 by Tim’s father, Reverend Robert Peters, the local vicar at St. Michael’s Church in Newton received the devastating news just before Christmas after Tim was sent for an MRI scan following deteriorating mobility and feeling in his right side. He was immediately referred to a brain surgeon who performed a biopsy. The cancer treatment that followed continued to affect his mobility until he was bed bound and kept in hospital for 8 weeks.
Shortly after the birth of Imogen, Tim returned home and started intensive home Physio and Occupational Therapy to help him regain his movement. Tim’s aim was clear – he wanted to be able to hold Imogen while standing up for the first time.
In March 2015, he was referred to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd where he receives intensive Therapy twice a week using the recently installed ceiling track hoist with a walking jacket. In June of this year, only three months after leaving hospital Tim was able to stand upright and hold his daughter, wife Amy explains,
“It was an incredibly emotional moment, one we will never forget. It was only the second visit to the Hospice but the ceiling track hoist and walking jacket enabled the Therapist to get Tim to stand upright for the first time after his cancer treatment and his face lit up when we put Imogen in his arms. Everybody there was incredibly moved and I can’t thank the team at the Hospice enough for their support and commitment.”
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd installed four ceiling track hoists in their In-Patient Centre based in Backford, Chester last year where they provide people with vital Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. The facilities enable patients to regain and maintain mobility following the impact of their disease, for example Spinal Cord Compression. This helps improve their well-being.
Vanessa Brown, Clinical Services Manager says, “Our Therapists, Claire and Adrian are able to improve patients balance and mobility enabling them to walk when they would otherwise be bed bound. It was wonderful to be able to experience Tim holding his daughter while stood up for the first time and immensely rewarding to see the benefits of our facilities first hand. It was a truly memorable moment.”
Amy adds, “Tim can now do a lap of the Hospice with the support of his Physio and a frame. There’s no stopping him but the Therapist continues to push him to do that little bit extra all the time. Tim makes sure he does the bottle feed with Imogen every night, where she switches on the smiles especially for her daddy.”
“We’re so grateful for all the support our family, friends and staff at the Hospice have given to us. Tim has another scan in six weeks’ time and we’re taking every day as it comes, but one thing is for sure, we know we are blessed with our little Imogen Faith.”
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd uses donations and grants to provide specialist treatment to local people and their families.
when we put Imogen in his arms. Everybody there was incredibly moved and I can’t thank the team at the Hospice enough for their support and commitment.