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Posted On: 3rd Apr 2017

Asthma Warning

Hayley wants to make sure children understand asthma
Hayley has brittle asthma
Nurse practitioner Alex Mumford supports Hayley's campaign

'At first it feels like an uncomfortable tightness across my chest. Then it feels like a heavy person is standing on my chest and like I am breathing though a very small straw.' 

 

Hayley Coombs has brittle asthma which causes severe coughing attacks that have resulted in her being hospitalised.

 

The 27-year-old says her asthma has worsened because when she was first diagnosed as a teenager, she didn’t use her inhaler properly.

 

So with support from Fixers, Hayley wants to make sure that youngsters understand how to take their medication.

 

The charity arranged for her to tell her story on ITV News West Country earlier this month.

 

Halyey, from Bath, says: 'I want to ensure that children understand asthma and know the things they have to use are a necessity.

 

'Above all I want to prevent something like this happening to another young person.’

 

With Fixers, Hayley has written a book called Asthma Won’t Stop Me, which is full of useful advice for children and parents.

 

'There’s a girl in the book who has asthma, who’s frightened, doesn’t know what all these medications and inhalers are for, but she keeps having symptoms,' says Hayley. 

 

'It’s a way of telling children and their parents, what asthma is, what these medications are and why a child might feel frightened.' 

 

Click on the link below to read more about the book that Hayley made as part of her Fixers project. 

 

 

 

Nurse Alex Mumford helps Hayley manage her asthma.

 

She says: 'I love Hayley’s book. It’s got some nice clear pictures, it’s easy and colourful enough for children to be interested in.

 

'It allows parents to interact with their children and go through the book themselves and it shows it is important to have correct inhaler technique and to take their medication regularly.'

 

Hayley hopes libraries, hospitals and doctors’ surgeries will stock her book.

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Paul Larsmon

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