‘Thank you for helping brave little Alishia’

Alishia Mason and Mum Emily Naylor.
Alishia Mason and Mum Emily Naylor.
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COURAGEOUS tot Alishia Mason struggles to see her toys because of a rare condition.

The two-year-old has only one of three working brain nerves as a result of septo-optic dysplasia.

Her sight is affected and she may also face hormone problems in the future because of the condition, which is the same as that suffered by Harvey Price, celebrity glamour model Katie Price’s son.

But despite it all she is still a lively and happy toddler who enjoys playing at pre-school.

Mum Emily Naylor, aged 22, of Bradwell, said: “Of the three main nerves in Alishia’s brain, one is not working, one is, and the other is missing completely. She is registered blind but she isn’t totally blind, she does really well.

“Because she’s too young to have the proper eye tests I’m not sure whether she can see shapes or colours or what.

“It means she can have hormone problems, her eyes might deteriorate and there are ongoing tests.

“But when people look at her they don’t think anything is wrong at all.”

Brave Alishia’s condition is present in one in every 100,000 newborn babies.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital is where she has been tested and treated since she was diagnosed at four months when Emily’s friend noticed something was different about her eyes.

Now Emily has organised a fundraising event to boost the hospital and show how grateful she is for their help.

Fun activities, games and stalls are being held at Bradwell Memorial Hall on Saturday, April, 14 from noon to 4pm.

Emily said she wanted to do something to thank the hospital for the help Alishia had received.

She said: “The hospital has been really good to me and Alishia and I wanted to say thank you for what they have done.”

n For more details about the fundraising event, or to have a stall there, call Emily on 07733 210174.