A TEENAGER from Balsall Common is starring in a short film to promote Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s revolutionary new Dignity Giving Suit.
The hospital has been working with young people and fashion industry experts to replace the traditional backless NHS gowns with a two-piece suit to maintain patients’ dignity while allowing easy access for procedures and follow-up care.
Former patient Ben MacSkimming, aged 15, had been bedridden in hospital for weeks after a horrific accident three years ago.
He had been playing on a rope swing in his garden when a railway sleeper fell on him, splitting his pancreas in half and rupturing his intestines.
“I probably wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. I was lucky that my pancreas magically joined itself back together, but I did have to have an operation to remove my Gaul bladder because of the damage that the sleeper had done.
“I remember thinking how horrible the theatre gown I had to wear was.
“I think the new design is brilliant and I wish I could have worn one when I was here.”