Friend helps to raise £30,000 for Harold Hill girl's operation
PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 May 2016
Friends and family of a nine-year-old with cerebral palsy are on a mission to raise £30,000 for an operation that could enable her to walk.
Amber Lilly Triggs of Straight Road, Harold Hill, spent six months on life support after being born just 24 weeks into mum Sue Triggs’s pregnancy – a complication that killed her twin sister Ellie at just two days old.
Sue, 47, is co-ordinating a fundraising campaign that includes clairvoyant nights, bingo and a parachute jump – with help from her friend Kelly Macleod.
Kelly, who lives in Barking, was on the same ward as Sue after her daughter Molly was born 10 weeks early.
Amber’s disabilities have affected her vision, hearing and teeth and she requires round-the-clock care from her family.
Kelly says she’s determined to help end Amber’s pain by raising cash for selective dorsal rhizotomy, an operation on lower spinal nerves that could liberate Amber from her wheelchair.
“She’s in so much pain – she needs a lot of help,” Kelly said.
“I was lucky with Molly, she’s had problems with her lungs and weight, but we were told she wouldn’t live this long. Amber needs this operation to ease her pain.”
“Amber’s a very precious girl – it’s a miracle she survived,” Sue added.
“But she’s in constant pain and nothing on the left-hand side of her body works properly so she’s in a wheelchair.”
Kelly is raising cash for the operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital and for the after care needed with a cake and coffee morning at Thames View Junior School in Bastable Avenue, Barking, on Wednesday from 9.15am.
Amber’s family have reached £23,000 of their £30,000 target and hope she’ll be able to be operated on next month. “Amber’s had a very hard life,” Sue said.
To help Amber, search “Amber Lilly’s Op” at gofundme.com