Delight at Talia’s development

Talia Foster and mum Clair with Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark Rycraft after shoppers raised �344 for the youngster
Talia Foster and mum Clair with Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark Rycraft after shoppers raised �344 for the youngster

THE parents of battling youngster Talia Foster are “over the moon” with the youngster’s development.

Loving mum and dad Clair and Brendan are absolutely delighted with the start Talia has made to 2012, and say she is a “completely different girl”.

The brave three-year old, who battles against numerous daily seizures and takes up to eight different types of medication every day, is using her hands on a daily basis – something she has never done before.

Talia has never been able to swallow properly in the past, but new medications appear to have also solved that issue.

And the youngster has two intense courses of physiotherapy around the corner – which will hopefully make her even stronger.

“I am honestly absolutely over the moon with the way things are going at the minute,” said Clair, 37.

“She’s doing absolutely fantastic and everyone is delighted.”

Clair, also a mum of Callum, 16, and Gabrielle, seven, added: “Talia has never really understood how to use her hands before but recently something seems to have just clicked for her.

“Last week I was sat with her giving her some milky buttons.

“Normally she just shouts when she wants another one, but she actually put her hand in the bag and grabbed one herself.

“I was over the moon.”

Clair said Talia’s teachers at Springwell Primary School and Grange Primary School, both in Hartlepool, have also noted her development of late.

“I’m so proud of her,” added Clair.

“Her chest is so much better as well. She is taking medication now to help her swallow and she hasn’t really had any problems since August.”

Talia is set for an intense five days of physiotherapy at the Step Together Centre, in Darlington, later this month and her family will then make another trip to a specialist centre in Milton Keynes in April.

Clair also thanked generous shoppers and staff at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, who raised £344 in support of Talia.

As reported in the Hartlepool Mail, the money was raised at a festive display set up in the centre over the Christmas period,

Shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft decided all of the money donated at the display, and any other money raised over the course of the next year, will be donated to the youngster.

Clair added: “We would like to say a big thanks to Mark at the shopping centre.

“It’s extremely kind of him to think of Talia and we are so, so grateful.”