Harry is 15, he loves playing computer games, hanging out with his friends and being an active member of his local RAF Cadet group. He is a sweet, gentle and good humoured young man that I have known for 10 years. Once you converse with Harry, his quiet shyness gradually melts away into a funny, compassionate and warm teenage boy, with impeccable manners.
However, On February 27th – Harry Heath was violently attacked by another pupil during school hours. Harry did not fight back. He sustained injuries to his front bottom teeth, including 4 lost teeth, a buckled gum line, a fractured cheek bone and a fractured eye socket at the hands of another boy his age.
For legal reasons, we are unable to publish the full circumstances however, we wish to stress how unprovoked, vicious and one-sided this attack was. Harry had simply been reading something in a corridor when he was viciously attacked.
Harry was left with four teeth that will never reset and therefore will need further treatment in the form of implants at some point in the future.
His aggressor had no injuries at all.
This has been an incredibly traumatising experience both for Harry and his family. Harry has never been a scrappy boy, he is happiest with his close group of friends, playing X Box or at a BBQ with his lovely large extended family. I cannot imagine how an uncharacteristically gentle boy, could have been the target of this awful attack.
Harry has started receiving treatment for his injuries – however, due to incredibly long NHS queues, the main bulk of Harry’s operations will be happening over one of the most important periods of his life; his GCSE’s. This means the repercussions of the attack will not only affect him mentally and physically, but will also have a dire impact on his ability to revise and physically sit his GCSE’s if he is unable to be present in the exams.
For this reason, his family have decided, after a large amount of consideration, to have Harry be treated with private medical health care in order to prioritise the multiple operations restore his teeth, undergo root canal in several teeth and prepare for future implants, in an effort to avoid infection and abscesses that would mar his chances of studying for and sitting his GCSEs.
Private care means he will be seen drastically quicker than waiting for the NHS. This also means he will hopefully have an abundance of time post-op to heal, rest, recuperate and study for his GCSE’s.
Harry and his family understand the impact of education, many members work as teachers or in the Education sector. Harry himself has been under incredible stress and duress, not only because of the attack but because of his determination to make his family proud and succeed academically.
Please help if you can