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Children who spend their lives alone or in terrible physical pain are forced to develop survival instincts. At 18 months old, Oliver had already survived against all the odds.
Oliver was homeless. His mum, who often binged on drugs and alcohol, shuffled them from place to place each night. He was usually left to fend for himself, crawling on floors full of rubbish and dirty nappies. But this was not the only thing happening in this baby’s life.
A family friend forced Oliver’s mum to take him to hospital, where doctors took one look at this broken, beaten toddler and ordered a full body scan. The injuries it uncovered were so severe, it was like he had been in a high speed car crash.
Oliver’s skull was broken and he had bleeding on his brain. He had fractures in his arms, legs and spine. This was no accident.
He went home from hospital with one of Barnardos crisis carers, but his scars were more than physical. Oliver would try to bite and strip off his clothes constantly. He would scream to get attention that he’d never had. He even had learned to shoplift, before he could even talk. We will never know the true details of what happened to Oliver under his mum’s care and what or who caused his injuries. But we do know with your support Oliver has the chance to heal. Please help Oliver get the intensive care he needs by donating today.
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