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LIFE-SAVING CAMPAIGN: Abbots Langley mum heads to Parliament to raise awareness of button battery dangers

 Published on: 20th June 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

An Abbots Langley mum is campaigning to raise awareness of the dangers of button batteries after her son nearly died swallowing one.

Hollie Phillips, whose son Ralphie was left minutes from death after accidentally swallowing a battery last year, visited the House of Commons last month to meet with ministers.

The visit was part of a campaign by the Harper-Lee Foundation, which was founded by Stacy-Marie Harper, after her daughter Harper-Lee died from swallowing a battery in a remote.

Speaking to AbbotsNews, Hollie said she is hoping to work with MPs and ministers to display a compulsory warning on products containing button batteries.

She said: “We are just two mothers, we really need people in power to help us out, we are not trying to ban button batteries just trying get awareness of the dangers out there.

“So many people are so unaware of the dangers but it’s about trusting your instincts and not having button batteries in the house if you don’t need them.”

Nearly a year after Ralphie swallowed the battery, Hollie said he is doing well but every child could react differently to swallowing the batteries.

She said: “It’s been almost a year since the accident and he’s doing really well but the problem with button batteries is no two children react the same, 10 years down the line he might not be.”

Hollie added that it has been great to campaigning alongside Stacy and the foundation.

She said: “She’s an incredible woman, three days after Harper-Lee died she decided she couldn’t let it happen again.

“We just want to make sure no family ever experiences what we did.”

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