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Appeal to make miracle girl's dream come true
THE family of a baby who almost died at birth have today spoken of her remarkable recovery as they launch an appeal to help with her care.
After problems during her birth, doctors feared Judith Stickings would never walk or talk. But now aged 10, the Risinghurst girl is learning to ride a bike – and they are raising funds for a special tricycle.
The youngster suffers from cerebral palsy and sight problems after complications during birth at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
Her mother Gillian Stickings, of Downside Road, last night said: “When she was born, she basically drowned and died, and doctors resuscitated her.
“It was stressful. It was not a good time. She has actually ended up making miraculous progress.”
Judith, a pupil at The John Watson Special School near Wheatley, was three when she learned to walk and six before she said her first words.
This year she has begun to learn to pedal and is now hoping to get a trike to help her get around.
Her mum said: “It is something she has wanted this year.
“She is a very stubborn and determined character. Because she is desperate to ride a bike, it is going to be very positive for her.
“It will give her exercise and make her feel more normal as she knows other children who ride bicycles.”
Disabled children’s therapy charity Caudwell Children has pledged to provide Judith with the trike but needs to fundraise to cover the cost.
The family are now appealing for donations to help cover the £1,946 bill.
So far they have got £1,000.
Mrs Stickings, 39, said: “It will be a huge benefit for her.
“Her cerebral palsy affects the right-hand side of her body which impacts on her motor skills and makes her quite clumsy, so the tricycle will enable her to get out and about and exercise whilst keeping safe.
“We are very close to some brilliant bike paths around Oxford and live on a quiet street, so she will have the room to ride safely and enjoy her tricycle.”
Trudi Beswick, chief executive of the charity, said the special tricycles were “invaluable” for children like Judith.
She said: “Specialist therapy tricycles are a vital piece of equipment for children as they enable a greater level of freedom and independence.
“We are desperate for more funding to provide practical and emotional support to children like Judith who need equipment like this to help live with their conditions.
“Tricycles are invaluable to help bring families with disabled children closer together and we are appealing for the community to get involved and help us change lives in their local community.”
- To donate, visit justgiving.com/judith-trike or text JDTH55£(amount) to 70070.