Battling Hartlepool girl defies odds by reaching seven

Talia Foster, who is celebrating her seventh birthday.

Talia Foster, who is celebrating her seventh birthday.

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A battling Hartlepool youngster who doctors warned may not survive after she was born with numerous disabilities is celebrating her seventh birthday today.

Talia Foster was not breathing when she was born – and it took doctors 10 minutes to revive her.

For a child who doctors didn’t think would survive to get to seven, we are absolutely over the moon

Mum Clair Foster

In her short life she has tackled epilepsy, brain cysts and numerous chest problems.

But Talia has continued to defy the odds by getting stronger and more able every year.

Delighted mum Clair Foster, 41, said: “For a child who doctors didn’t think would survive to get to seven, we are absolutely over the moon. She is just proving them all wrong. When we went to see Talia’s neurologist a couple of months ago he said it was the best he has ever seen development wise.”

In Talia’s first few years she used to suffer hundreds of seizures every day and spent days at a time in hospital due to pneumonia and even swine flu.

She is unable to speak and needs round-the-clock care.

But Talia has come on in leaps and bounds thanks to specialist physiotherapists around the country and a state-of-the-art sensory room at the family home in Owton Manor, Hartlepool.

It was funded by kind-hearted Hartlepool residents who raised an outstanding £34,000 for the equipment, which helps to stimulate Talia’s brain.

Talia is now able to sit up on her own and her daily medication has dramatically reduced.

Clair, married to Brendan, 39, added: “She is much stronger than when we used to take her for physiotherapy as a baby.

“She does not have as many chest infections and has built up her anti bodies.”

Talia also loved Springwell School, where she has attended full time for the last two years.

Clair, who is also mum to Gabrielle, 11, and Callum, 20, added: “She absolutely loves it, the staff are all like mams to her.”

Talia has also been using a special computer controlled by eye movements to be able to ‘speak’ to those around her. She has been using the Toby Eye device at school and also at home.