Woman thanks Sheffield medics who saved her life

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A young woman has organised a charity race night in honour of the Sheffield medics who saved her life as a toddler.

Jessica Liversidge, now aged 27, was just three years old when a large tumour was discovered in her stomach.

She spent two weeks in Bassetlaw Hospital having investigations before going to The Children’s Hospital.

Jessica, who is from Dore, said: “They took a look at me and then had to rush me down to hospital in London, then they flew in a surgeon from Germany.”

Jessica had a 12 hour operation in London before she was sent back to the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield. She had a further eight operations there.

“I was only the fourth person in the country to have had this particular condition, and the youngest one of the four,” said Jessica, an account manager.

“They said if I hadn’t gone to hospital in that 24 hours I would have died.

“I was in hospital for four months. I went to school in hospital, I learned to read there.”

Jessica made a great recovery but has been left with a big scar down her front as well as acid reflux.

Jessica’s race night will take place on February 28 at Abbeydale Sports Club from 7pm.

This is not the first charity event she has organised - she also raised over £1,000 for her brother’s charity, Charlie’s Trust.

Charlie Liversidge was eight when he died in a car accident in 2008.

Tickets for the Children’s Hospital race night are available from Abbeydale Sports Club on 0114 236 7011.

There will also be a fundraising raffle on the night with a selection of prizes from a number of local businesses up for grabs.