Family backs Sheffield children’s Hosptial appeal

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Little Kai Diawne is planning to thank doctors and nurses who cared for him when he underwent serious brain surgery at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Seven-year-old Kai was diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation when he was aged four.

The condition, which meant lower parts of his brain had been pushed down towards his spinal chord, was detected by an MRI scan.

Kai suffered problems with his balance and learning but doctors said they would not operate unless the effects became life-threatening as the procedure carried a high risk.

Mum Michele noticed late last year Kai had deteriorated and an MRI scan confirmed pressure was building on his brain.

An operation, known as Chiari Malformation decompression, was scheduled for January.

Unfortunately, Kai suffered a number of complications and subsequently had to go into surgery nine times, causing his family a lot of distress.

Michele said: “I was worried, anxious, and hoping it would be the last time he would have to go to theatre.

“It was very upsetting, all I wanted to do was give him a big hug.

“While it was a lot for a little boy to go through, Kai was really brave, I was so proud of him.”

Six-and-a-half worrying weeks later Kai was well enough to return to the family home in Hexthorpe, Doncaster.

Today he looks to be on the road to recovery and is back at school and playing happily with sisters Laila, eight, and Tamzin, 10.

And the family are now backing Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s Make It Better Day appeal on June 27 which is raising cash to help fund a transformation of the hospital.

Michele said: “It’s just a case of monitoring him now. He’s had a shunt fitted so he has to return to the hospital for check-ups.

“The help and support of all the hospital staff, including the neurosurgery team and the nurses on S2, has been absolutely brilliant, I can’t thank them enough.

“As a family you never know when you might need the hospital which is why it’s so important people continue to support it through appeals like Make it Better Day.

“Kai has already signed up for his fundraising pack and is coming up with lots of weird and wonderful ways to raise money on June 27 to thank the hospital staff for all they’ve done.”

The Children’s Hospital Charity launched its Make It Better appeal in 2012 with the aim of raising £10million by 2016 to extend and transform the exisiting hospital.

The appeal will fund a new building and much-needed outdoor space.

Register for your Make it Better pack, download the form click here

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