Oliver was such a fighter from the moment he was born. Born at 30 weeks along with his twin sister Phoebe at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. They both had a stint in the Neonatal Unit, Phoebe for 6 weeks and Oliver for 10 weeks. Oliver liked to cause chaos from the moment he was born, pulling his tubes out, holding his breath when being fed causing his SAT levels to drop and having to be fed on his side- sometimes it could take up to 2hrs to feed him!! And we were told by the nurses he was very noisy at night too.
Oliver joined Phoebe at home on the 2nd November 2012 and life was never the same again in the Wilmot house. That first year was a blur with doctors and hospital appointments and lots of growing to do with being born so early.
During Oliver’s 5 years with us he had quite a few overnight stays at Leighton with respiratory problems but as he grew older and stronger he was able to fight off these infections. Even when he was poorly he always had a cheeky smile, charming the nurses and doctors.
Oliver was shy around people he didn’t know but at home he was a very happy, smiley little boy. He loved sorting breakfast out in the morning for him and Phoebe, bowls, spoons and cups had to match. He loved playing imaginary games with his Disney characters, he loved the baddies such as Ursula from Little Mermaid, wicked Queen and witch from Snow White and Maleficent and the dragon from Sleeping Beauty. Oliver also loved spending time with his family especially his cousins, having family parties and family holidays.
As Oliver grew it came apparent that he had a speech problem, so he attended speech therapy to help him. From going there it was suspected that Oliver may have a submucous cleft palate. This is where the roof of the mouth isn’t closed properly. Oliver went for many appointments where he had to talk, open his mouth, let the doctor or dentist look and of course Oliver being Oliver didn’t want to. In March 2016 Oliver went to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for his operation and it was confirmed that this had been the case.
After his operation Oliver had intensive speech therapy and he came on in leaps and bounds and with that his confidence grew and grew and Oliver never stopped talking or singing. His favourite songs being “My Light House, God your good to me and Let it go from Frozen”.
Oliver was a very brave, happy and very popular little boy. He lived life to the max and was very determined never to give up, even if things were difficult he would put on his biggest cheekiest smile!
Monday 13th November was a truly horrific day which will never leave us, it was the day we lost our little boy to suspected overwhelming sepsis.
Oliver leaves behind his twin Phoebe who along with his family and friends miss him so very much.
Since losing Oliver we have set up the “Oliver Wilmot Memorial Fund” to keep his memory alive whist raising money for amazing causes that were close to Oliver’s heart. Oliver loved to run, he spent most playtimes running around, having competitions with friends which of course he always won. He also was very popular with the play leaders in the school playground.
Therefore we would like to fundraise to purchase an astro turf racing track at Oliver’s school Elworth C of E Primary School. We would also like to get some buddy benches so that if anyone is feeling a bit lost then one of the play leaders can go over and talk to them and help them.
Once we have achieved our first fundraising goal we would also like to raise money for the Sepsis UK Trust and raise awareness highlighting the importance of knowing the signs of Sepsis.
By setting up a “Memorial Fund” and raising money it is helping us as a family to cope with our loss and keep Oliver’s vibrant memory alive.
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