Posted on Friday 24 June 2022
A team of serving police officers have been raising awareness of child organ donation as the 15-month-old daughter of their Sergeant desperately awaits a heart transplant.
Little Beatrix Archbold fell ill suddenly earlier this year, and after a series of tests she was diagnosed with heart failure.
She then suffered a cardiac arrest during major surgery to attach her to a Berlin heart, which is a mechanical device which functions as a heart, but doctors thankfully managed to save her life.
However, the toddler and her family now face the agonising wait for a suitable heart, which sadly could take years and until such time she cannot leave the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle.
Her father, Sergeant Terry Archbold, who works within the Stanley Neighbourhood Beat Team, mother Cheryl and sister Eliza are keen to raise awareness of child organ donation.
This campaign is supported by Terry’s colleagues who on their day off this week climbed Ben Nevis, in Scotland, to raise vital funds for The Red Sky Foundation – a charity which supports families of youngsters who need vital cardiac care.
A fundraising page set up in Beatrix’s name has already raised more than £1,800 for the foundation.
Incredibly, Beatrix’s fight is the second time the family has faced such anguish.
Daughter Isabel was tragically stillborn in 2018 and the family donated her heart for medical research.
Terry said: “One day everything was normal and the next our lives were turned upside down in an unimaginable way.
“We have gone through every emotion possible, but we know we must be strong for Beatrix.
“No-one would ever want to be in the position in which we find ourselves, but this is our life until a suitable heart is found for our beautiful girl.
“The staff at the Freeman Hospital have also been amazing, as has The Red Sky Foundation, which is invaluable to families like ours, we cannot thank them all enough.
“We wanted to repay their kindness by doing something that allows them to continue to help others in our position.
“I am so grateful to my team for wanting to get involved, to do what they have done means so much.
“Beatrix is a fighter and that gives us hope.”
The Stanley Neighbourhood Police Team said: “On Monday we completed our challenge and reached the summit of Ben Nevis to spread Terry’s message about child organ donation from the highest mountain in the UK.
“We arrived on the summit tired but determined, then out of the clouds appeared none other than Terry himself, he had climbed the mountain before us to be there when we got to the top to support us. We could not believe it and there may have been a tear or two.
“We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to this fundraiser and all we ask is that you spread the word about Child Organ Donation – please, have the discussion.”
To donate, visit: Red Sky Foundation: Climb Ben Nevis for Beatrix (enthuse.com)