A brave little girl is today recovering from a major operation which her family and doctors hope will improve her life.
Two-year-old Emily Milner was born at 29 weeks when she suffered brain damage and has since been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which means she is unable to walk or even sit up unaided.
Since birth Emily has also been unable feed properly and for much of this time has been fed through a tube in her nose, which was not particularly effective as the youngster would pull regularly pull it out.
But, thanks to medics at Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Emily will now be fed more effectively after a feeding tube was inserted into her stomach. Her parents Nickie, 32, and Carl, 33, are now hoping the operation will help her put on more weight as she currently weighs slightly less than one-and-a-half stone, which is the same as the average one-year-old.
Despite several setbacks the gastrostomy procedure was deemed a success and Emily is back at home in Roffey with her parents and brother Jack, 10, and sister Holly, four, following a six night stay in hospital.
Mrs Milner, who is full of praise for NHS staff, said: “This will give her much more energy and she has just slept through the night for the first time in I don’t know how long. She is still very happy and a lot more verbal that she was and she is making everybody smile and laugh.”
Emily will have to undergo another, more advanced, feeding tube in six months and her parents still have their sights on raising a daunting £65,000 to pay for an operation in America, which will help her take those precious first steps.
The Milners have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from friends, family and even strangers and last month and a quiz night at Norfolk Arms pub on Crawley Road last month raised £2,000, which will go towards adapting the Milners’ home. They are also planning a gala ball in October but they are looking for help from businesses and people in the entertainment business to ensure the event is a success. If you want to help you can help Emily and her family in any way then please contact her at Hope4Em@aol.com. Alternatively, if you want to make a donation to the Hope for Emily fund then visit https://www.justgiving.com/Emilymilner/