A big welcome home for medical miracle Millie
Reporter: Marina Berry
Date online: 24 October 2013
AN Oldham toddler has at last come home after spending most of her life in hospital
Doctors believe tiny Millie Moran - who was two in August - is the only child in the world with three specific illnesses.
The tot has undergone countless operations and has enjoyed only four weeks outside the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital since she was born.
Friends and family rallied round to raise money for the youngster, who had a 3in wide gap in her spine and a damaged pancreas, as well as spina bifida, water on the brain and congenital hyperinsulinism. The last of those causes a damaging form of hypoglycaemia that can lead to brain damage.
Millie’s mum Emma Clarke (27) of Moorside is delighted to last have her daughter home.
“I have waited so long for this, I didn’t think the day would ever come,” she said.
“Millie is doing really well. It’s a big new world for her; she loves exploring and she is keeping me on my toes!”
Millie’s father Michael, who lives in Royton also spent long hours by his daughter’s side in hospital.
Emma said: “We are both really excited and happy that she is finally home. Millie is much more independent now and that is thanks to everyone who raised money to help her.
Millie’s gran, Victoria Shaw of Springhead, said: “Millie is the bravest person I know, She’s already been through so much and she still laughs all the time.”
Though Millie remains paralysed from the waist down, her abilities are improving all the time
“One of the nurses who hadn’t seen her for a while said ‘is that Millie?’ when she saw her recently because she couldn’t believe how much she’s improved,” Victoria added. “She has very complex needs but she is amazing. She just laughs all the time. She is such a character, so funny.”
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