Harold Hill parents say thank you to fundraisers as Amber Lilly has operation

PUBLISHED: 15:36 14 July 2016

Amber Lilly in hospital with her mum and dad after her operation

Amber Lilly in hospital with her mum and dad after her operation


The proud parents of a little girl with cerebral palsy who had a potentially life-changing operation at the weekend, are thanking everyone for their support.

Amber Lilly Triggs, eight, of Straight Road, Harold Hill, was born three months prematurely – with “significant disabilities” – along with her twin sister Ellie, who sadly died shortly after birth.

Amber’s disabilities have affected her vision, hearing and teeth and she requires round-the-clock care, moving about with the aid of either a wheelchair or walking frame.

But thanks to donations, fundraising events by friends and family and a £25,000 donation made by Harold Hill children’s charity Wipe Away those Tears, enough money has been made for both Amber’s operation and aftercare.

Dad Russell said: “It’s just been a rollercoaster ride.”

“It’s been absolutely brilliant – we can’t thank everyone enough for all they have done for Amber.”

The brave little girl went to Great Ormond Street Hospital on Saturday where she had a selective dorsal rhizotomy.

The procedure is to alleviate the stiffness in her muscles which could potentially lead to her walking independently. The operation stopped being funded by the NHS in March.

Russell said: “We are so proud of her, the operation went really well and the doctors are very happy with her.

“Hopefully in a couple of weeks, she will be walking with a stick. It is a long way away before she can walk properly by herself as at the moment she can’t put her full weight on her legs. But she has made a lot of progress already.”

The last fundraiser in aid of Amber Lilly’s aftercare is a football match between the Arsenal Charity Football Team and Amber Lilly United on Sunday, July 24 at Billericay Town Football Club at 11am. Tickets for adults cost £5 and £2 for children under 16.

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