A ‘wholesome and match’ nine-year-old woman can now solely talk by her eyes after out of the blue collapsing at house.
Abigail Johnston was described by her mother and father Shaun Johnston and Becky Doherty as a ‘usually match and effectively baby’.
Nevertheless on September 20, the teenager out of the blue collapsed on the household’s Norris Green home and needed to be rushed to hospital.
Docs advised the devastated household their daughter had suffered a bleed on the mind and additional assessments revealed she had a really aggressive and terminal tumour.
Her dad Shaun mentioned: “This has been devastating to us all.
“Abbi was usually match and effectively and loved the summer time, our holidays in August and had returned to high school.
“We weren’t conscious of any points and there have been no indicators of something incorrect. It was completely surprising.
“She simply felt unwell that morning however was OK and shortly earlier than it occurred she gave me a tacky smile from the sofa, watching television together with her sister Jasmin.”
Initially she was given days, probably solely hours to reside by medical doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, nevertheless the sturdy teenager continues to combat.
Abigail has a type of locked in syndrome, which means she is absolutely conscious of her environment however is unable to speak or transfer.
Her mother and father mentioned their daughter, who requires 24 hour care, communicates through the use of her proper eye, transferring up for sure and down for no.
However they mentioned their daughter’s character nonetheless shines by.
He added: “The tumour was just about undetectable and so aggressive.
“In Abbi’s case it’s untreatable as it is so superior, however after virtually two weeks in intensive care, and the the sensation that she may solely survive hours perhaps days, it is now been seven lengthy weeks since she awakened.
“We’re are treating on daily basis as a blessing and cherished the time now we have had together with her we by no means thought we might get.
“Though Abbi is now very restricted, she is absolutely conscious and may at the very least talk together with her eyes and her character nonetheless shines by when she laughs or simply ignores us.”
Shaun, 44, mentioned the household had been taking a look at the potential of hiring a wheelchair accessible car to provide them the chance to exit with Abbi after they can do that once more.
And though she wants 24 hour care and is at the moment a full-time affected person at Alder Hey, the household are hopeful they’ll deliver Abbi house to spend Christmas with mum Becky and sister Jasmin.
Shaun added: “The help and generosity of our household, mates and colleagues has been wonderful and overwhelming.
“We might additionally prefer to say an enormous due to the entire staff from medical doctors to reception for all their work and help not just for Abigail but in addition for myself, Becky and Jasmin.
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“Alder Hey and Claire Home are supporting us in each means attainable, beginning with Abbi’s 10th birthday at the start of November, serving to us get house for just a few hours prior to now week with Abbi and dealing on plans for some Christmas concepts.”
A crowdfunding web page has been set as much as assist Shaun and Becky profit from the time they’ve left with Abbi. It may be discovered here.