"Our amazing, strong little girl"

Guest blogger: Tracy Carr

In November 2015, our world turned upside down when Angel, our 15 month old daughter, was rushed to Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit with pneumonia aspiration. She was on a life support machine for five days.

The doctors confirmed this happened due to her severe reflux, which is part of a condition Angel has called tracheoesophageal fistula. She required a fundoplication operation to treat her reflux, which would strengthen the valve between the oesophagus and stomach. Angel was in hospital at both Southampton Children’s Hospital and Poole Hospital for nine weeks.

Angel’s operation was not a complete success due to her condition, however she is doing well and we have been hospital free for six months, which is an amazing achievement.

While Angel was in Southampton we were given a place to stay by Ronald McDonald House Charities. We couldn't have got through the horrendous situation we found ourselves in, without them. Living in Poole 35 miles away, we couldn't bear to leave Angel’s side and in total stayed at the House for 22 nights.

My incredible husband and Angel’s doting father, Luke, is doing something quite spectacular to give back to the Charity that kept us close to our daughter. He will be taking on a 10,000ft skydive and has so far raised £480!

This Father's Day, to celebrate what a wonderful dad Luke is, we'll be visiting Monkey World, Dorset. Whilst a family day is often taken for granted, we cherish all the new happy memories we can create again with our amazing strong little girl.

To sponsor Luke, please visit www.justgiving.com/luke-jonesskydive

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