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Please Save Marcus: Family and friends of critically ill young father in second night of protest outside Croydon University Hospital

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CROYDON University Hospital said it will do more to treat a critically ill young dad as family, friends and supporters protested outside the hospital for the second night claiming it had "refused" to do so.

But Marcus Campbell's family, who were joined by around 50 protesters and the media at the main entrance of Croydon University Hospital at 6.30pm this evening, said they will continue to protest.

The family were protesting after they said a doctor told them in a meeting on Sunday that the 22-year-old, who has a rare inflammation of his brain stem, will not be resuscitated if his heart stops and will not be given antibiotics for infections.

A spokesman for Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, who runs the hospital, said there will be an urgent independent review of Marcus's treatment tomorrow and the results will be shared with his family.

Around 15 police officers as well as hospital security were at the entrance which was locked to keep the protesters out. They chanted "justice for Marcus", "treatment for Marcus", and "Mayday murderers" during the for the three-hour protest but there was no violence.

The group were also objecting to a ban stopping Marcus's sisters from visiting him in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Marcus, a former Stanley Technical High School pupil who lives in Thornton Heath, has two daughters, Tierra, aged three, and Kara, aged six.

But during the protest Croydon Health Services NHS Trust tweeted saying: "Our doctors will resuscitate Marcus if his heart were to stop" and "our doctors will give Marcus antibiotics if he has an infection."

After a meeting with hospital security halfway through the protest Marcus's sister, Siobhan Chin, 29, said she and her sister Tonicka, 21, are now allowed to visit Marcus for 30 minutes at a time, however they must be with someone on his visiting list.

She said this includes their mother, Sandra, Marcus's girlfriend and the mother of his children, who all saw Marcus today.

But she said security must be present and his sisters cannot be in the hospital building at the same time. She and Tonicka have not seen Marcus since Sunday.

At the end of the protest Siobhan said the family will carry on their fight despite the hospital's changed position.

"We still stand by what we're doing because we haven't had anything confirmed in writing so as far as we are concerned it's void," she said.

"Me and Marcus and Tonicka have grown together, I've never left their side and I don't plan to and even if my brother dies tomorrow I will still continue to protest and fight for justice.

"How can you dictate to my mum that both her children cannot go and see her son? It's just not fair.

"It feels like a part of my heart has broken but I'm just fighting on in my brother's name and we will continue."

Siobhan also said the sisters will take their fight to Parliament and that they are looking into getting legal help. Over 19,000 people have signed an online petition to save Marcus.

Sandra, Marcus's mother, said she has lost faith in Croydon University Hospital and that she wants her son to be moved.

She said: " I could never trust the hospital again. They've made us feel like we've been in prison and then they want to make a deal with us now. It's all under their terms, why are we being punished?

"I felt like committing suicide because I felt like I couldn't carry on but I had to wake up. Justice has got to be done."

A spokesperson for Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said at 5pm today:

"Marcus' is sadly really poorly and his long-term condition has deteriorated rapidly in recent months. Our intensive care staff are working around-the-clock to make him as comfortable as we possibly can.

"His family has had some concerns and we've met with them today. We've listened and we are getting a second opinion on Marcus' care. This completely independent review will be done as quickly as possible and will be shared with the family.

"The hard fact is we have 12 patients are on our intensive care unit, all of whom are in a critical condition, and their families want to spend time with their loved ones also.

"Following an incident at the weekend where the police were involved, we were sorry to have to restrict the visiting of some of Marcus' family. It is important to us that Marcus' family spends as much time with him as possible, and we want to make arrangements for all family members to visit.

"We would encourage everyone who wants to see Marcus get the best care to let our staff do their job and allow everyone's family – including Marcus' mum, children and siblings – to quietly visit their loved ones. This is a very upsetting time for his family and we all have Marcus' best interests at heart."

They tweeted during the protest from @croydonhealth saying:

Our doctors will resuscitate Marcus if his heart were to stop.

"Marcus is sadly really, really unwell and was transferred to us from another hospital.

"We were sorry to have to restrict visiting to some of Marcus' family. This has been discussed with the family.

"We want to meet with Marcus' family to make arrangements for all to visit as quickly as pos.

"We've arranged for an urgent independent review of Marcus' care for impartial advice for best care.

"The independent external review will be shared with Marcus' family.

"Our doctors will give Marcus antibiotics if he has an infection.

"This is a very upsetting time for his family and we all have Marcus' best interests at heart."

Please Save Marcus: Family and friends of critically ill young father in second night of protest outside Croydon University Hospital


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