Rosie was admitted to hospital six years ago unable to even hold her head up.
The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) is welcoming back a former patient who is now training to become a nurse.
Rosie Naylor was 13 years old when she was admitted to Ward 85 at RMCH and now six years later she is on her journey to become a nurse herself.
Investigations into Rosie’s illness are still ongoing, but during her time in hospital, she was on a feeding tube, unable to bear weight or hold her head up.
Rosie, now 20, explains: “I couldn’t move, I couldn’t do anything. They sent an ambulance to my house and from that moment I spent 12 months in hospital.
“I spent six months in a wheelchair undergoing tests and treatments whilst also trying to keep up with school and normal teenage life”.
After a long 12-month battle, Rosie returned home inspired by the care she had received.
Bursting with pride.
Entering her final year at University, Rosie is set to qualify as a paediatric nurse in September 2024. Rosie added: “I absolutely love it.
“I still haven’t got over the fact that I’m becoming a nurse, and that I’m training in the hospital that gave me my life back”.
Rosie’s mum, Nicola, says she is bursting with pride over what her daughter has accomplished.
When Professor Cheryl Lenney, Director of Nursing at Manchester University NHS FT (MFT), learned about Rosie, she said: “We are so proud that Rosie has chosen MFT for her nursing training.
“I am always interested as to what inspires our medical staff to join us, so to learn that Rosie’s experiences as a child in one of our hospitals left such a profound impression on her that she decided to go into nursing has really impressed me.
“I wish Rosie a very long, happy and successful career.”