Teen Christian-Lee is STILL waiting for rehab
A seriously ill teenager is still stuck in a hospital bed waiting to be transferred to a specialist rehab facility.
Christian-Lee Thompson suffered massive head injuries in a moped accident along Hemel Hempstead’s Nickey Line in July.
After surviving against the odds he now needs intensive around the clock care and rehabilitation.
But, since The Children’s Trust made a shock u-turn on providing the 15 year old with a residential placement at its rehabilitation centre he has been left in limbo.
Now a petition has been launched to get Christian-Lee, who is currently paralysed down one side and unable to talk, the help he needs to recover.
Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning, who has visited the teenager at the Royal London Hospital, has also pledged to do all he can.
He has written to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and the chief executive of NHS England Simon Stevens, along with those who are in charge of commissioning Christian-Lee’s care.
He said: “The key here is what is right for Christian-Lee and his needs.
“The NHS needs to work around his needs rather than the family and everyone else working around the NHS.
“I have never experienced this sort of situation before.”
Christian-Lee, who before tragedy struck lived with his family in Woodhall Farm and went to Astley Cooper School, is currently being cared for on a surgical ward where he is not receiving the expert specialist care he needs to make the best recovery possible.
His parents Stephen and Lisa are staying at his bedside providing much of the general care he requires.
A spokesman for NHS England, which commissions healthcare services, said: “Our aim is always to ensure that every patient receives the best possible care suited to their specific needs.
“While patient confidentiality means we can’t go into detail we have been exploring every available option with the best interests of this patient in mind.”
Mr Penning added: “If they haven’t got the facilities available now then they need to commission them.
“Christian-Lee can’t be the only young man this has happened to. They have just got to sort it. It’s as simple as that.”
To sign the petition click here and share the petition via social media using #helpforchristianlee.