EXCLUSIVE: Mum’s tale of woe brings out the best in Horsham

Kelly Parfitt and daughter Lily-Fay
Kelly Parfitt and daughter Lily-Fay

A HORSHAM single mum whose baby daughter’s medical aids were stolen has thanked the County Times and the people of Horsham for their support.

Last week the County Times reported how Kelly Parfitt, 23, of Newbridge Close in Broadbridge Heath went to take her nine month old baby Lily-Fay to Crawley hospital for a check-up when she noticed her back door was ajar. On further inspection she saw that the specially made pram and changing bag with Lily’s medical records and equipment had been taken.

Lily was born with a birth defect with means that some of her internal organs are fused together, a condition that affects one in 100,000 people. Her condition means that since she was born she has undergone many major operations meaning it can be uncomfortable for her to sit down, so the pram, one of only 250 made in the country, means she can lie down. The heartless thieves also took her other daughter’s car seat and a camera with sentimental photos on.

Kelly thanked the County Times for their help in getting her story across.

She said: “Lily didn’t ask to be born this way and it just makes me feel sick that someone could do that and steal a baby’s pram.

“People have been coming up to me with their good wishes, one woman came up to me in Tesco, she said she was sorry for what had happened and hoped it all got sorted out soon.”

After the theft Kelly got in contact with the family centre to see about a replacement pram and her story was passed on to a Horsham charity.

She said: “I can’t replace the memories I have lost but I can try to start again.”

She was surprised at the response and wanted to thank all those who have helped her.

The pram has since been found in a nearby river, it is believed that the pram fell apart when the police pulled it out. The medical records and camera have yet to be found.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident or have been offered the red Samsung camera ST61 or any of the other items for sale please call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 382 of 5/07 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.