Brave Talia’s on the mend

Talia pictured with mum Clair.
Talia pictured with mum Clair.

A BATTLING youngster who faces a daily ordeal of health problems is back home after spending 10 days in hospital with pneumonia.

Talia Foster, two, suffers multiple seizures and needs eight different types of medication to fight a series of conditions including epilepsy.

Earlier this month, she picked up pneumonia and was admitted to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

But after giving her parents Clair, 36, and 35-year-old Brendan a “fright”, she is now back at the family home in the Owton manor area of Hartlepool.

Clair said: “She gave us a real fright, because she was basically asleep for eight days and the doctors couldn’t wake her up.

“She was being fed through an IV drip, and they were carrying out various tests on her which were all coming back negative.

“It was a worrying time, probably the most worried I’ve been if I’m honest, but she’s on the mend now.

“She’s not quite 100 per cent, but she’s getting there.”

Talia’s setback meant an appointment at a spcialist physiotherapy centre in Oxford had to be cancelled and rearranged for next year.

But the family has since discovered another centre in Milton Keynes which will help Talia, who is unable to sit or walk without help.

An appointment at the centre has been booked for October.

Clair, also mum to Callum, 15, and seven-year old Gabrielle, added: “We didn’t know anything about the place in Milton Keynes, but we’ve done some research and it looks fantastic.

“We’ve made an appointment to go down there in October, and we’re looking forward to it.”

The family have raised more than £8,000 through a series of fundraisers which will help pay towards Talia’s treatment.

The funds were boosted over the weekend by Clair’s cousin Alison Gill, who did a 37-mile sponsored trek from the moors to Roseberry Topping, and fearless family friend Kayleigh Campbell, who planned a bungee jump off the Transporter Bridge yesterday.

Clair added: “The fundraising is going really well, and as we’ve said before we can’t thank people enough for the help and support they are giving us.

“We will be having a do in Rovers Quoits club next month, and by that stage we’ll have a breakdown of exactly how much has been raised through all of the events that have taken place.”