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Girl, 7, in amazing fundraising drive to thank doctors who saved her mum
SHE wanted to say thank you to the hospital that saved her mum’s life.
IT was the most frightening day of her life when seven-year-old Amelia Vann watched while her mum was rushed to hospital.
Caroline underwent emergency brain surgery.
Now Amelia has gone on an ambitious fundraising campaign to thank the team who saved her mum.
The 40-year-old from Magpie Drive, Totton went to her GP with a severe headache, but when painkillers were not working doctors realised she had a subarachnoid haemorrhage, or bleed on the brain.
The mum-of-two says she is lucky to be alive as the survival rate is just 65 per cent and many are left with disabilities.
After seeing how much support her mum was given during her recovery, Amelia wanted to give back to the hospital.
The little girl, who has just started Abbotswood Junior School, spent weeks organising an auction and raffle held during Calmore Cricket Club’s centenary celebration last month.
She launched the event after dad, Darren, 42, an HR manager and captain of the cricket team told her how many people would be at the celebration.
Amelia smashed her original target of £100 and raised £1,231 for the neurological unit which will be used to help others with brain conditions.
Following the surgery last December Caroline has made good progress in her recovery and has returned to work as an operations coordinator for MIQ Logistics.
She said: “For Amelia to see this through at seven years old is quite amazing. Usually she wants to do things and then she’ll move on to something else.
“If I have any twinges I can still phone the hospital and speak to the neuro nurses. Amelia saw how much I was relying on them and wanted to raise money for them.
“I think I’ve got off pretty lightly compared to other people.”
Amelia said: “After all the support they gave to mum, I wanted to support them too and give them something they needed.
“I thought it’d be a good idea to do it on the centenary so that I could get the money to help other people.
“It was hard work because I had to keep writing letters but it became fun after all the letters were done because I kept getting post.”
Caroline went back to her job in March and although doctors are happy with her progress, full recovery can take many months.
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