I don’t tend to watch much TV but tonight for some reason I stuck it on just as ITV’s new series of Children’s Hospital was starting. This series does what it says on the tin and follows the ins and outs of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
The person who caught my eye and sucked me in was seven year old Jack Norfolk:
Jack just radiated through the tv! He was intelligent, articulate and charismatic far beyond what you would find in your average seven year old. He has had health problems since birth and during this episode he underwent his 22nd operation…as well as one of his weekly dialysis sessions.
So why blog about it, yes I’m slightly addicted to this new way of ranting to the world, but more importantly it was a comment made by one of the consultants that I wanted to share and discuss with the world. Dr Malcolm Lewis (Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist) had the following observation:
“Jack has lost all that sense of fear and most of the respect for doctors and nurses and just treats us as he should do I suppose, like ordinary human beings that he can enjoy his childhood with”.
I loved this quote, I loved the idea that Jack treats the adults, especially those with medical skills, as normals 😉 I loved Dr Lewis’ honesty in his reflection and the sentiment that Jack had got it right. Did leave me wondering what more could be done to break down the system that naturally elevates health professionals and leaves patients with a sense of fear in the first place! Any ideas people?
They promised to return to Jack later in the series so I’ve set up series record. The final say goes to Dr Lewis “there are lots of patients with complicated conditions, but there arent many Jacks”.