Man diagnosed with brain tumour happily holds daughter for first time

July 21, 2015 3:42 pm

 Happiness: Tim Peters cradles his newborn daughter for the first time

A man diagnosed with a brain tumour weeks before his first baby was due has held his daughter for the first time.
Just before Christmas last year, 25-year-old Tim Peters had everything he had ever wanted.
With
a loving wife, a home and a new baby on the way – life was especially
good for Tim, from Newton, Chester, as the end of 2014 drew nearer.
So
it seemed like a cruel twist of fate when following months of
deteriorating mobility and feeling in his right side, Tim was diagnosed
with a brain tumour.
It was only weeks before he and wife Amy were due to welcome daughter Imogen Faith into the world, reports the Chester Chronicle.

Hospice Of The Good Shepherd
Tim Peters cradles his newborn daughter for the first time – as he battles a devastating brain tumour

Wedding bells: Tim Peters with wife Amy on the day they got married

In the weeks that followed, which should have been the
happiest of his life, Tim was instead undergoing intensive chemotherapy
and radiotherapy treatment which left him bed bound in hospital for
eight weeks.
The treatment left him so weak he was not even able
to stand upright and hold his baby daughter – but it was this goal that
became Tim’s driving focus as the weeks passed and he started intensive
physio and occupational therapy to help him regain movement.
In March this year, Tim was referred to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd for therapy, where he began using the newly-installed ceiling track hoist using a special walking jacket.
The
new facilities enable patients to regain and maintain mobility
following the impact of their disease, which helps to improve their
wellbeing.
Totally focused on his goal of being able to hold
Imogen whilst standing up, and with the help and support of staff from
the hospice as well as from Clatterbridge Hospital, it took Tim just
three months to achieve it.
Amy recalls: “It was an incredibly emotional moment, one we will never forget.

Hospice Of The Good Shepherd
Tim Peters cradles his newborn daughter for the first time – as he battles a devastating brain tumour

Heartwarming: Tim Peters will never forget this moment

“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,” she said.
Tim is now capable of
walking a lap of the hospice with the support of his physio and a frame
and Amy says there is ‘no stopping him.’
“The therapist continues to push him to do that little bit extra all the time however,” she explains.
“Tim makes sure he does the bottle feed with Imogen every night, where she switches on the smiles, especially for her daddy.”
“We are 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.”
Vanessa Brown, Clinical Services Manager at the
hospice, adds: “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.”

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