Doctor’s film depicts failure of specialist care for children switching to adult services

A doctor’s film about mothers whose children were born with complex special needs, highlighting the lack of specialist services when they reach adulthood, is being used to teach compassion to nursing students.

A film about the real-life stories of mothers whose children were born with complex special needs is being used to teach compassion to nursing students.

The film shines a spotlight on the lack of specialist services for these child patients when they reach adulthood, including the tragic death of one young woman.

It tells the stories of four Northampton mothers and their children, focusing on Charlotte (Charlie) Walter – and her mum Sue – who was born with type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and used a wheelchair.

Until she was 18 she was in the care of children’s services in Northampton and was provided with specialist nurses to help administer medication, manage her deteriorating condition and attend school.

Place in society

On her 18 th birthday she was transferred to adult services, where consultant community paediatrician Andrew Williams, who made


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