A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl who relies on an oxygen tank to breathe had her dreams come true when she was whisked away on a magical holiday to Disneyland Paris.
Little Izzie Maude, of Blackpool Road, Carleton, was born with a rare condition, Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula, which causes an abnormal connection between the esophagus and the trachea.
Since birth she has overcome a number of medical complications included a life-saving operation at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital when her airway almost completely collapsed.
But the St Hilda’s Primary pupil still suffers breathing problems and carries an oxygen tank on her back at home and school. She also has three types of medication four times a day.
But the youngster left her worries behind her when children’s charity Starlight Children’s Foundation treated her to a trip to Disneyland.
Mum, Rebecca, 37, said: “Izzie has been through so much from the day she was born and lives with her condition daily.
“She is at an age now where she feels different, she doesn’t like carrying the oxygen tank which connects through her nose. So us all to be able to go to Paris was a dream come true – it made her so happy, for a few days we could forget our concerns.”
Rebecca said she noticed her daughter was having breathing problems as a toddler. She said: “I was told Izzie could be born with Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula when I was carrying her.
“I had never heard of it and I was so worried how it would affect her.
“When she was born she had her esophagus stretched and we still monitor what she eats but that is manageable.
“It was a couple of years later I noticed her out of breath a lot, wheezing in the night and going blue around the lips.
“That was when she was diagnosed with Tracheomalasia – which led to the tracheal collapse. We don’t know what will happen in the future – I don’t like to think, for now she is OK.”
n To refer a brave child or to make a donation, log on to www.starlight.org.uk or call 020 7262 2881.
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