Generous Mail readers help light up Talia’s world

BEAUTIFUL Talia Foster’s world has been lit up by her new specialist sensory bedroom – made possible thanks to the unbelievable response of generous Mail readers.

The brave four-year-old’s face lights up as images and lights are beamed around her room, specially designed to stimulate Talia’s brain.

Kind hearted Mail readers have donated cash so that Talia Foster can have a sensory bedroom. Talia pictured enjoying the room with mam Clair.

Kind hearted Mail readers have donated cash so that Talia Foster can have a sensory bedroom. Talia pictured enjoying the room with mam Clair.

The room cost nearly £5,000, all donated by kindhearted residents in Hartlepool touched by Talia’s brave battle who raised a staggering £34,000.

Today, her delighted mum, Clair, 38, beamed: “I can’t thank people enough, they have made our dreams come true and Talia absolutely loves it.”

Clair also revealed Talia’s “amazing” progression, all thanks to the sensory bedroom and expensive specialist treatment in Milton Keynes.

Three years ago the youngster suffered hundreds of seizures every single day, and couldn’t even sit up unaided.

Now she suffers with just a handful of small seizures on a daily basis and last month managed to take her very first steps with the help of physiotherapists.

“She’s coming on so well, we are so, so proud,” said Clair, who is married to Brendan, 37, and also mum of Callum, 17, and eight-year-old Gabrielle.

“She’s developed her own personality and at Milton Keynes she actually managed to walk a few steps.

“The physiotherapists were holding her but it shows that her brain is instigating the movement in her legs which is a huge step forward for us and Talia.”

The new sensory room in Talia’s home in the Owton Manor area of town was only completed last month but Clair said she has already seen a marked improvement in her daughter.

A projector costing more than £1,000 beams large colourful images around the walls while other projectors show stars, shapes, and colours around the room.

A large fan-like object on the wall constantly changes colours while lamps also portray colourful objects.

Talia’s face immediately lights up as Clair carries her into the room and her eyes follow the lights and images.

“It all works to keep Talia’s brain active,” Clair explained.

“It’s working so well already.

“She has peripheral vision now which she has never had before and she tries to grab things when she sees them out of the corner of her eye.

“She has started responding to things using her eyes as well, if she is crying and you hold a picture up of a drink or some food she will use her eyes to show you what she wants.”

Clair said doctors are delighted with Talia’s progression and she now has one appointment a year instead of every six months.

She used to suffer hundreds of myoclonic seizures every day but hasn’t had one in three years and now suffers one or two small seizures each day, which Clair describes more as minor jerks.

Clair said doctors didn’t think Talia was going to survive when she was born. She now enjoys two days at school every week at Springwell Primary School and Grange Primary School and is set for more treatment in Milton Keynes later this month.

“She’s doing so well and that is because of everyone who has supported us,” said Clair.

“Everybody has helped Talia to improve like she has done and we can’t thank people enough.

“We never expected such an unbelievable response from people, it’s been incredible.”