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Murray J's quilt    (Quilt Closed)

Illness: Quadrapegic cerebal palsy

Theme: Wild animals

Date opened: 13th May 2021
Date closed: 14th May 2021
Deadline: 26th Sep 2021

Photo of Murray J

Theme details

Wild animals - Wild animals, a cuddly/cartoon style has been requested (so not starkly realistic or geometric/mandala). If possible, some rainbows in the background of the square, for example a giraffe with a rainbow in the background. We do not have to have a rainbow on every square, or put them in for the sake of it, but a few would be nice :)

Child Interests

Favourite colour is blue but he loves all the colours of the rainbow.


When Murray was born he was very distressed in the womb and came into the world not breathing. Within 12 hours of him being born he had a stroke on one side of the brain. As if that wasn't enough not 24 hrs after that he had another stroke but on the opposite side of the brain. Therefore he cannot speak, he can't sit up, can't walk, has no muscle tone, can't eat like everyone else and needs peg feeding.
The result of this means he now has cerebral palsy, he also suffers from epilepsy and on a normal day he used to have anything between 30-40 seizures a day. These are now controlled with medication to reduce the amount but still around 10 seizure a day at the moment. When he was born we were given the devastating news that he may have months to live, that his prognosis was very very poor and we should cherish every moment we had.

He is 4 years old now. Murray has spent an incredible amount of time between Glasgow Children's Hospital and Robin House Childrens Hospice, sometimes feeling like it is more time than he has in his very own home. He has had very upsetting times in hospital where we feared the worst. He has been on a ventilator keeping him alive to help his breathing several times now. Murray has a very weak chest and has had episodes of severe pneumonia where his lungs collapsed. On too many occasions we have been holding on for dear life that he would pull through.

Murray has been through more surgeries than we care to remember and never complains. He has a smile that lights up a room and loves nothing more than to laugh at silly noises. He is the most affectionate little boy ever and will happily give cuddles to anyone who will accept them.


1.Stitcher: Emma Edwards, Hawkesbury Upton, UK

2.Https:// Cartoon monkeyStitcher: Jodie Balaam, Lawshall, England

3.ETSY - JuicyArtbyDarina Baby elephant blowing colourful bubblesStitcher: Kerry, Aldershot, UK
In Progress

4.World of Cross Stitching magazine Bear and duck in an upside down umbrella with a rainbow behind - Rainy Day BearStitcher: Nicola, St Albans, UK
In Progress

5.The World of Cross Stitching 284 sept 2019 Mixture of 9 different cute cartoon animals by Rhona NorrieStitcher: Pippa, Surrey, UK
In Progress I will substitute the balloons in the background with a rainbow GiraffeStitcher: Ann, Billericay, UK
In Progress

7.ValentinaStitchShop, Etsy, Cute lion cubStitcher: Merete, Allerød, Denmark
In Progress

8.Cartoon Lion CubStitcher: Mollie O’Hare, Rainhill, England
In Progress Dmc cartoon panda Stitcher: Gemma McKnight, Southampton , England
In Progress

10.Lucie Heaton, Jungle Animal Babies on Etsy Jungle animals, lion, parrot, monkey and elephant. Cartoon style Stitcher: Gail Carr-Walker, Newcastle, UK
In Progress

11.Stoney Creek Jungle Babies Stoney Creek RhinoStitcher: Sandra, Shefford, England

12.Label Stitcher: Miss Debbie Elkington, Boston, Lincs, UK
In Progress

Squares received

Cross stitch square for Murray J's quilt
Stitched by: Emma Edwards
Submitted: Jun 2020

Cross stitch square for Murray J's quilt
Stitched by: Jodie Balaam
Submitted: May 2021

Cross stitch square for Murray J's quilt
Stitched by: Sandra
Submitted: May 2021

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