Twenty five voices on our 25th birthday

To celebrate 25 years of RCPCH in 2021, 25 members and friends shared a story about a case that stayed with them. Knowing a patient from the minute they were born. Supporting a family who doesn't speak English and is far from home. Learning from a young person's compassion...
Cathryn Chadwick

"The baby was named after a sporting heroine, and as time passed, she lived up to the strength and determination that went with the name." Cathryn Chadwick recalls the care of a baby born at just 23 weeks gestation, and far from home... and the delight of meeting her again as an 11-year old young lady. There are so many stories like this.

Picture of Dr Alex Armitage
The X-ray showed something unusual in the stomach of a teenager treated for a knife wound. Youth violence is constantly in the news, and young people exploited. Alex Armitage argues for paediatricians to create change.
Picture of Dr Uche Ogunna
Uche Ogunna was called by her nurse colleagues to see a baby boy whose obs were normal but something was "off", and they worked to support his treatment. Years later, good documentation proved helpful.
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For many years, David Tuthill has been driven to encourage medicines safety, especially among his trainee colleagues, and through the growing Medicines for Children website, helping parents give medicines and recognise side-effects.
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Andrew McArdle was back in Sierra Leone with the RCPCH Global Links programme. An eight-year-old boy's survival depended on his and his family’s tenacity, and a web of partnerships across the globe.
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As Ashish Patel looked after a young boy with severe brain injury, and spent more time with the family, the complex social issues in the background became more apparent - and reiterated the importance of communication and teamwork.
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Twenty five years ago, Ngozi Edi-Osagie attended the delivery of a "23 weeker", a preterm baby who then had the heart-stopping emergencies often seen in NICU. Over time, we've searched for margins of improvement in neonatal care.

"Day after day, mothers and fathers (and grandparents, siblings and foster parents) show up by their little one’s bedside. They read out loud, sing, pray over them, keep vigil through the night, dozing off on the chairs, holding their child’s hand."

As a paediatric intensivist Toyin Ocholi stands by families in times of anguish and of healing. She tells the story of a little girl named Alice.

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Philip McCullough, now a medical student in Belfast, has been involved with children and young people advocacy from the early days at RCPCH. He tells us how young people are helping to shape the health care services that affect them.
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Vaccination has completely changed the experience of child health professionals, writes Lucy Reynolds, and paediatricians are now often helping resilient children recover. But there are bigger issues to consider.
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Society is thankfully more tolerant of previously-derided signs of 'vulnerability‘. Peter Mallett has accepted that uncertainty is a part of life, and the most gifted clinicians skilfully manage this concept.
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Lisa Finlay's patient had an irresistible energy and a force of optimism. When illness started to cast a shadow, this young man showed her that the important things of life are really simple: love is enough.
Dr Pramodh Vallabhaneni
The crash call went off late at night, and a team started resuscitation on a three-month-old baby. As registrar Pramodh Vallabhaneni focused on his task to speak with the parents, and months later, they express their gratitude.
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Data from every baby admitted to NHS neonatal units supports crucial research. We owe it to our patients and families, says Cheryl Battersby, to learn from their stories and keep searching for the answers.
Dr Camilla Kingdon

When she left medical school, Camilla Kingdon knew she never wanted to do paediatrics. But when she started working in the specialty in a busy London hospital, the variety, the teamwork and the huge range of ages and stages to deal with were a total relevation.

She tells the story of Charlie and his family. 

Picture of Dr Dal Hothi
Dal Hothi 's young patient had developed renal cancer, twice, and both her kidneys removed. With the support of her family, she was treated with home haemodialysis, and for a while dreams changed.
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From day one in medical school, prospective doctors are taught the importance of history taking, and listening to your patient. Chris Bidder has some questions on how doctors can best do this.
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Serious infections in children often don't look serious initially - and they're not missed due to negligence or poor training. We need, says Tom Waterfield, to find a middle ground.
Picture of Dr Neha Sharma
Moving from her home in India, Neha Sharma's first days in an NHS hospital in north west England were full of puzzles, but a trusting bond with a family left a deep impact.
Picture of Prabhu Rajendran
Communication is fundamental in the doctor-patient relationship, and caring for patients with limited English can be difficult. Prabhu Rajendran finds ways to reach those who can't understand what we say.
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At seven years old, one of Shilpa Shah's patients has low power in the left side of his body, but that doesn't stop him climbing in the clinic room! What other job offers so much happiness?

Its membership has grown from just a few in the 1950s to nearly 500 dedicated paediatricians serving in Sri Lanka and abroad today.

The President, Shaman Rajindrajith, reflects on the "magnificent relationship" between the two Colleges and of achievements in improving child health outcomes.

Serena Haywood
Sometimes, even with the best preparation, you have to take that leap into the unknown. Serena Haywood writes about how to trust people who are there to care.
Stephen Cronin
As he approached retirement, Stephen Cronin was asked at his last appraisal for a word to sum up his career. The answer was obvious: privilege.
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Children and parents need us to be the doctors who take children seriously, writes Una MacFadyen, and be genuine partners in learning what matters for their healthcare needs.