Monday 26 September 2016

Ambulance gives teen with life-limiting condition (16) lift from hospital to school dance

Matthew Cooper

Published 15/07/2016 | 20:34

Sultan Ali (front right), 16, with friends from Hall Green Secondary School, as the teenager with a life-limiting condition arrived at his school prom in an ambulance - after asking hospital staff to make sure he could join his classmates.Credit: St John Ambulance/PA Wire
Sultan Ali (front right), 16, with friends from Hall Green Secondary School, as the teenager with a life-limiting condition arrived at his school prom in an ambulance - after asking hospital staff to make sure he could join his classmates.Credit: St John Ambulance/PA Wire

A teenager with a life-limiting condition arrived at his school prom in an ambulance - after asking hospital staff to make sure he could join his classmates.

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St John Ambulance volunteers stepped in to take Sultan Ali from Birmingham Children's Hospital to a hotel hosting a leavers' ball for pupils at the city's Hall Green Secondary School.

Sultan, who has Morquio Syndrome, hailed his arrival as "epic" and "every bit as good as I imagined it would be" after turning up in the ambulance, crewed by Jon Mannion and Neil Hadley.

The 16-year-old, whose condition affects the heart, bones, respiratory and central nervous system, asked his occupational therapist, Sian Phillips, if she could arrange for him to arrive at the prom in the "pretty cool" vehicle.

The health worker said: "Since his admission to Birmingham Children's Hospital myself and the neuro rehabilitation team have thoroughly enjoyed working with Sultan to maintain and increase his independence following spinal surgery.

"He has remained so motivated to complete daily therapy sessions whilst completing his GCSEs here at the hospital's school, which for any young person can be a more than challenging time.

"Sultan said his rehab goal was to attend his school leaving prom, just like his friends, which we are all so pleased he was able to achieve."

Sultan Ali (front right), 16, with John Ambulance volunteers, as the teenager with a life-limiting condition arrived at his school prom in an ambulance - after asking hospital staff to make sure he could join his classmates. Credit: St John Ambulance/PA Wire
Sultan Ali (front right), 16, with John Ambulance volunteers, as the teenager with a life-limiting condition arrived at his school prom in an ambulance - after asking hospital staff to make sure he could join his classmates. Credit: St John Ambulance/PA Wire

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