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Baby Tom was only eight months old when he ingested crystal meth. His mother, under the influence herself, found him passed out in their home full of intoxicated strangers and drugs. Her only friends who were sober enough to drive came from two hours away to rush him to hospital.
Tom withdrew from the drug for three brutal days. It was clear that he couldn’t go home, so Barnardos was called and placed him with our crisis carer, Jane. But his behaviour from the months of neglect and lack of safety was extreme and violent.
We will never know the truth of what happened to Tom, except that he was passed around from person to person every few nights, with no routine or security.
When he came to live with Jane, he was terrified of being touched. Nappy time and bath time were impossible, and if she came close to give him a cuddle, Tom would kick her in the face.
Tom was fiercely independent, grabbing his bottle to feed himself and refusing to be held. The only place he felt safe enough to go to sleep was his pram.
On top of this, Tom faced severe medical issues. He wasn’t making any 'talking' noise like a baby should, and had extreme difficulty gaining weight.
After months of intensive treatment from our teams and Jane’s gentle care, Tom slowly began to recover. He started babbling and saying a few words, and would even snuggle into Jane’s arms for his bottle instead of thrashing against her.
The full effects of Tom’s meth ingestion may not show for years. But thanks to people like you, this child has gone from a world of danger to one where he is cared for. Please donate today to help save more children like Tom from terrible abuse.
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