Monday 11 December 2017

Brave Jordan makes a splash with his new protective suit

Jordan Doherty
Jordan Doherty

A YOUNG boy fighting cancer who has a line inserted in his chest is able to bathe and swim thanks to a special dry suit that an Irish children's charity has sourced.

The suits protect the Hickman line which is used to administer chemotherapy and other medicines.

Jennifer Doherty said the suit has been heaven sent for her son Jordan (8), who has leukaemia.

"Without his suit Jordan (8) would be restricted and would only be able to have a sponge bath because of the need to keep the Hickman line dry," his mum Jennifer said.

Jordan can now enjoy a day at the beach or even having a large bath just like other kids thanks to charity Aoibheann's Pink Tie.


Jimmy Norman, father of Aoibheann, who passed away from cancer nearly four years ago founded the charity in her memory and it provides practical help to families whose children have a cancer diagnosis.

As Jordan is unable to play with his friends at their houses, his mother said the suit lets him "spend time splashing in the bath and playing with his boats and action figures and gives him great enjoyment."

Dad Stephen said the, "with the Hickman line you couldn't even bath him because it is a port sticking out from his chest. The suit is fantastic."

Jennifer said, "At the start I was a nervous wreck just trying to wash Jordan.

"Then I heard about the charity Aoibheann's Pink Tie and they gave us a Hickman suit. We would be lost without them."

The suit arrived the day the family were going to a holiday centre where there was a pool. "It was meant to be," added Jennifer.

Jordan was diagnosed with leukaemia in November 2013 and his programme of treatment finishes in March 2017.


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