Special toddler becomes our youngest potential recruit

Date: 29 March 2019

Harry Deeba visits Longwater Station in March. Pictured are Kirsty Bolton, Ali Deeba, Harry Deeba, Carly Howes and Harry Deeba

A very special toddler who is fascinated with all things emergency service has become our youngest potential recruits after a visit to one of our stations.

Two-year-old Harry Deeba, having already visited police and fire services, got the chance to meet crews at Longwater on 13th March, thanks to EMT Kirsty Bolton.

Harry Deeba, who lives in Taverham, Norwich, was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma in 2018 and is now having immunotherapy.

His family are fundraising to help Harry access potentially life-saving treatments in the USA.

The crews were joined by Harry and his parents, Carly Howes and Ali Deeba, where he was presented with an EEAST bag, ‘ID’ badge and his own ambulance service uniform.

Kirsty and her colleagues were able to show Harry inside an ambulance and around the station, while Leading Operations Manager (LOM) Colin Mayes showed Harry the Duty Locality Officer (DLO) car. Harry was especially excited when he got to see the blue lights!

Miss Howes said: “We really enjoyed our visit, especially Harry and he loved all the presents they kindly gave him.

“Some were even handmade so we are very grateful of all the effort that went into making Harry's visit a special one and it will definitely be one he never forgets.

“Harry has been through a lot, the treatment is relentless and very intense. He has had various types of chemotherapy, stem cell harvest and transplant, eight hours of major surgery and three weeks of radiotherapy, countless blood and platelet transfusions and many many scans and tests.

“We are hopeful the end of treatment scans will show Harry is in remission then he will meet the criteria for the vaccine trial, which is only available in New York.”

You can read more about Harry's story at solvingkidscancer.org.uk/campaigns/harrys-appeal

Follow Harry’s journey at facebook.com/HarryDeeba.

  • Summary:

    A very special toddler has become our youngest potential recruits