Brave Talia Foster is all smiles thanks to the kindness of people in Hartlepool - this is what they did for her

Brave Talia Foster is all smiles – and it is all thanks to the people of Hartlepool.

Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 6:00 am

It means that Talia can easily be placed in a sitting, standing, supine or transitional position at a touch of a button on the chair’s remote control.

It also means a big boost for Talia’s health as she has an 85% curvature of her spine, which can ‘crumble in on itself’, said her mum Clair.

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Talia Foster is delighted with her specialist new chair.

At some point she will need major spinal surgery but the chair means Talia’s spine will be more protected and she may not need surgery for a much longer period of time.

The new chair which was paid for thanks to a fundraising campaign which raised £6,600, arrived at the Foster home this week and Clair said: “She absolutely loves it. I put her in the chair on a morning and if I need to move her, I don’t have to lift her as much.

"Talia has curvature of the spine and brittle bones but this will help to strengthen the bones.”

Talia Foster settles in to her new chair.

In the years that followed, she has also tackled epilepsy, brain cysts and numerous chest problems.

Life has been tough for the youngster from the Brierton area. After overcoming a string of problems in her early life, new conditions just kept on being diagnosed.

In the last few years, she has been:

* Registered blind with only 6 out of 60 vision in both eyes;

Talia Foster who has curvature of the spine but her condition has been eased by the arrival of a specialist new chair.

* Has been diagnosed with autism;

* Has been diagnosed with dystonia (a movement disorder where the muscles contract uncontrollably);

* Suffered bronchitis;

* Has a reduced immune system;

Talia is all smiles in her new chair.

* Suffered an outbreak of hundreds of ulcers in her mouth.

In her short life she has tackled epilepsy, brain cysts and numerous chest problems.

On top of all that, she has also spent periods in hospital with pneumonia and even swine flu.

But Talia loves her new chair and Clair said: “She looks so happy with it.”

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Talia Foster with her mum Clair.