BATTLING youngster Talia Foster has suffered a setback in her brave battle against illness.
Two-year old Talia was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees earlier this week after suffering from breathing difficulties.
Her mum, Clair, 36, told the Mail her courageous daughter was put on oxygen, but still remains in a stable condition.
Specialists at the hospital decided to keep the youngster in for a few days to keep a check on her.
The Mail has reported how Talia faces a daily ordeal of multiple seizures and physiotherapy and needs to take eight different types of medication to help fight against a number of conditions including epilepsy.
Clair, 36, who lives with husband Brendan, 35, in Owton Manor, said: “Talia has been suffering from an ear infection for the last three weeks.
“She was really struggling for breath on Monday, we took her to the hospital in Hartlepool and they rushed her to North Tees from there.
“They put her on an IV drip, antibiotics, steroids and oxygen.
“Yesterday the doctors said she may be suffering from a slight chest infection which would have caused the problems.
“Talia is always happy and always smiling but it is so difficult for her.”
Kind-hearted fundraisers throughout Hartlepool have pulled together in the last few weeks to raise money for the brave youngster.
Talia is unable to sit or walk unaided and has severe learning problems.
She also has a reduction in her white brain matter which affects its growth.
Her family are hoping to raise £1,800 to send the youngster to a specialist centre in Oxfordshire for treatment.
Dedicated Anthony Mandry, 49, who is a full-time carer for his disabled grandson Joshua Cool, organised a charity event to raise money for Talia, which took place at the 3 Lions Sports Bar, in Park Road, last night.
Due to Talia’s latest setback, her family were unable to attend although Clair said they are extremely grateful for all of the very kind donations.
She added: “We have been quite overwhelmed by the response.
“People have just been so kind and helpful in donating such large amounts of money.
“It really will make a difference.”