Ffion's new bed is fit for a princess

A brave little girl who defied doctors to survive a life-threatening infection is set to have her dream of a ‘big girl’s bed’ come true thanks to two businesses from Shrewsbury and Welshpool.

Ffion Rudman, of Llansantffraid ym Mechain, was just two years old when she was rushed by ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with pneumonia and severe streptococcal A toxic sepsis following what began as a simple cold and simple throat infection in January 2013.

Her heart stopped for 13 minutes during the journey before doctors managed to bring her back.

But despite her parents Frank and Helen being told to prepare for the worst, Ffion managed to defy medical opinion and survived, spending many weeks in hospital where she even had to relearn how to hold her own head up.

Now aged four and still with a long and slow recovery ahead of her, she has lost the sight in her right eye and suffered extensive damage to her left leg, including the amputation of her foot.

Now family friends Laura and Andy Jones who own handmade housewares company Mr and Mrs Jones Make Lovely Things, have offered to build her a unique “big girl’s” bed with a special princess theme.

They have been supported in their project by Alan Ward furniture in Shrewsbury, which has donated a £100 mattress for the bed and Boys and Boden builders’ merchant in Welshpool, which has donated the rest of the materials.

“Ffion is one of our little girl Lily’s best friends and Andy and I really wanted to do something special for this remarkable little girl,” Mrs Jones said.

“After learning she is desperate for a big girl’s bed, we decided to make one for her with a special princess design.

“The bed has been specially designed with Ffion’s needs in mind, so it is low to the ground to make it easier for her to climb in and out of and is based on the bed Andy made for our own daughter, which Ffion has always loved.

“We approached both Alan Ward and Boys and Boden for help and they immediately agreed when they heard about Ffion and what she has been through.”

Helen Rudman said her daughter was making fantastic progress and dealt with every hurdle of her ongoing recovery the way she always had - with a smile and without complaint.

“She recently got her new prosthetic leg and loves it; already running around all over the place,” she said.

“She really is quite remarkable, nothing phases her and she just gets on with it. She’s incredible.

“The bed is a surprise but Ffion recently told us out of the blue that she wanted to ask Father Christmas for a ‘princess bedroom’ so I can’t wait to see the look on her face when she finally gets her new bed.”

Kathy Lesser, marketing manager at Alan Ward, said they did not hesitate when asked for help getting a mattress for the bed.

“When we heard what Ffion had gone through and all the challenges she still faces in her recovery, there was no question we would help by donating one of our mattresses - one that is specially designed for a softer night’s sleep to make the bed as comfortable as possible for this little girl,” she said.

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