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Our Children

Be Brave Bears is a charitable organisation run by volunteers who send personalised keepsake bears to children who are terminally ill or have life limiting conditions. Each of our bears is sponsored by businesses, groups or families, meaning these bears are free of charge to the children. Once complete each bear is placed in a special keepsake bag and given to the child complete with a numbered certificate. Once the child has received their bear the sponsor will receive a thank you photograph via e-mail of the completed bear and a sponsorship certificate with the name of the child who you have sponsored. Each bear is allocated a number and will appear on our Roll of Honour. If the child on this page has already been sponsored, but due to the timing of the previous sponsorship it has not yet been removed from this area, your sponsorship will be automatically allocated to the child next on the list (Priority order). This seldom happens but we must highlight that it can occur.

Alfie McLaughlin

Age 1

Hospital: Belfast City Hospital

Note: Bear pictured may not be the bear given to the child (most of the time it is though)

Alfie McLaughlin’s Medical condition...

Alfie was born at 38+3 weeks he was born with IUGR but appeared healthy. He started to have hundreds of apneas where he ended up on life support at 8 days after catching broncholitus and contracting sepsis and suffering from hypertremia. He also had failure to thrive and two holes in his heart and respitary problems. After spending 7 weeks in icu and the royal children's hospital he came home thinking everything was fine.. within 7 days and numerous problems he was back on life support again it was almost another two weeks of Alfie fighting for his life before we discovered he had epilepsy he had been fitting which was causing apneas and his heart rate to rise or drop rapidly.. He has since spent nearly half his life in hospital with epilepsy related stuff and numerous infections such as broncholitus rsv rhinovirus and aspiration pneumonia. He is tube fed wears a saturation monitor and we do daily physio with him. He has had genetic testing done too see if he has an epileptic syndrome but it's possible the damage caused could be down to him losing his twin in utero after a catastrophic event. He's has such a battle on his hands and been through hundreds of tests operations and procedures. My baby boy always has a smile on his face though

A bit about Alfie McLaughlin...

Alfie is the happiest child you could ever meet despite everything he goes through he's always laughing and smiling. His favourite things are Peppa pig and ribbons and different textures which he likes to chew

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