THE parents of brave youngster Talia Foster have admitted they feared for her daughter’s life as the two-year old battled pneumonia in both lungs.
The adorable youngster was rushed to hospital last week and was diagnosed with the condition after having a chest x-ray at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
She was then taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, but despite being put on antibiotics, an IV drip and up to seven litres of oxygen, Talia was not responding and did not open her eyes for a week.
Her terrified parents, Clair, 37, and Brendan, 35, did not leave her bedside and waited patiently for Talia to come round. Thankfully she opened her eyes for the first time on Wednesday afternoon and started to eat small a small amount.
But Talia was still being treated with oxygen yesterday and doctors continue to keep a close eye on her.
“It’s the most worried I have ever been for her,” said an emotional Clair.
“She has had pneumonia before, but she has never been as ill as this.
“Her eyes and lips were blue and she was just so floppy.
“It was like she could hear us and knew we were there, but just didn’t have the energy to open her eyes.
“For the first time we feared for her life.”
Talia lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool with her parents, along with her sister, Gabrielle, seven, and 15-year-old brother Callum.
Due to her condition, the brave youngster suffers a daily ordeal of seizures and cannot sit, walk or talk unaided.
It comes after kind-hearted residents in the town raised more than £8,000 for Talia to start treatment at the Footsteps Rehabilitation Centre, in Oxford.
But her assessment was put back until next year after she first started to feel unwell in Oxford last week.
And while Talia was suffering in hospital, she was also forced to miss a string of other appointments.
Her physiotherapy treatment in Darlington was set to start on Monday this week, but had to be rescheduled.
As did appointments for orthotics, which Talia must wear on each of her feet, and a sleeping system installed in her bed to ensure she does not sleep in certain positions.
Clair added: “The doctors still aren’t completely sure why she wasn’t responding at all.
“But she is getting stronger now and hopefully she will be able to go home at the weekend.
“The doctors and the nurses were all fantastic, they have done everything they can to help Talia.”