Treatment boost for brave Talia

BRAVE youngster Talia Foster has been boosted after a specialist physiotherapy centre gave her the go-ahead to start treatment.

The adorable three-year-old, who courageously battles against a daily ordeal of seizures and needs eight different types of medication to treat a number of conditions, travelled to Milton Keynes with her family earlier this month.

There she was assessed by specialists at the Cerebral Palsy Physio Centre, who, to the delight of parents Clair, 37, and Brendan, 35, gave her the green light to return next year for an initial three week block of specialist treatment.

The therapy will involve three to four hours a day of intense treatment which will improve her core strength.

Her family are hoping to make the trip south in April next year, two months after Talia will have completed another programme.

The youngster, who started at Springwell Primary School, in Wiltshire Way, and Grange Primary School, in Owton Manor Lane, both Hartlepool, this year, has been visiting the Step Together centre in Darlington for the last year and will take part in a week’s worth of four-hour treatments there in February.

Clair told the Mail: “It was great news for us to get the go-ahead for physio at Milton Keynes, it’s an absolutely fantastic centre so we are excited about that.

“The treatment she has received at Darlington has been excellent, so a week there in February should hopefully also be a real success.”

Clair, who is also a mum of Callum, 16, and Gabrielle, seven, added: “Talia isn’t too well at the minute, she seems to have picked up a tummy bug which obviously affects her more than it does others.

“She has also been doing some movements again recently, we aren’t sure whether they are spasms or not so we have spoke to her neurologist about that.

“But she is okay in herself which is the main thing.”

Clair again took the opportunity to thank generous people in Hartlepool who have supported Talia.

Kind-hearted residents have raised a staggering £34,000, without which a lot of the youngster’s treatment would not be possible.

The money has also gone towards specialist equipment in Talia’s bedroom which helps her to sleep in certain positions.

The latest fundraiser is set to take place this Friday night at Belle Vue Way Social Club, in Hartlepool’s Kendal Road.

Band Black Ice will be performing on the night.

Tickets priced at £2.50 are available on the door or by calling Clair on 07722 889908.