Christopher Gibbins lives with his family in Hereford and has been diagnosed with the most severe form of Muscular Dystrophy. Whilst he has use of a wheelchair, he is dependent on his family. Parents Claire and Colin wish their son to have a comfortable family life and to be able to enjoy his home.
His parents would love for him to be comfortable in his surroundings and enjoy a home life and were determined that Chris will be able to have access upstairs as well as downstairs. They are a close family and his parents adore him.
DIY SOS contacted Centrobed about Christopher, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder which has no cure. It is a progressive muscle degeneration and weakness which is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a cell that helps to keep muscle cells intact. He was often seen to be very unsteady when walking and struggled with stairs, and is now dependent on a motorised wheelchair to get around as full mobility has become an issue. Christopher also has respiratory complications as the muscle layer around the heart and diaphragm has weakened.
Christopher always struggled to get himself comfortable since he was a toddler, but now with the Arctic bed which is a multi-positioning and multi-functional profiling and turning bed, Christopher is able to sit up single-handed, and can move the bed independently during the night so he can adjust his sleeping position and have a comfortable night’s sleep.
Having this type of bed eliminates the need for his parent’s assistance throughout the night as the bed can be programmed to turn Christopher during the night at regular intervals. Christopher also lives with a bad chest, but he can now have his head raised slightly which then helps with his breathing and reduces coughing during the night.
Now, five years later Christopher is still using the bed. The Arctic provides Christopher with a secure, more comfortable bed that reduces the symptoms of his disorder and gives his family confidence and peace of mind knowing that their son is safe and will have a good night’s sleep.
“He does not like going to the hospice for respite as they do not have the Arctic specialist bed, he finds it impossible to get comfortable and gets very little sleep. As a 13-year-old he is unique, as he looks forward to going to bed. He loves his Centrobed, when he gets home he kisses his bed,” they commented.