A rare disease which left a toddler fighting for her life was diagnosed in the nick time.
For parents Sarah and James Dobson it was their worst nightmare, they thought their two-year-old , Jessica, had a cold but doctors described her condition as critical after she was admitted to Kingsmill Hospital.
Last year the little girl was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, which is a rare condition that mainly affects children under the age of five by attacking their immune system. It is also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.
Sarah, 26, said:”She was so poorly.
“We took her to the doctor but when the medicine was having no affect we took her back and that’s when we were told to go straight to hospital.
“It was so scary watching her be so ill and knowing there was nothing we could do.”
Doctors told the couple Jessica had fluid on her heart and the disease could be fatal.
“I couldn’t think straight that was my baby they were talking about,” said Sarah.
Due to the quick thinking of the medical staff Jessica was given the right treatment and apart from needed yearly scans on heart is making a full recovery.
Now the family try to make each day matter and Sarah has been trying to find fun things for her daughter to get involved in.
“There is nothing in the area for kids to get excited about which is really rather sad.”
After discussing the situation with her friend she had a moment of realisation that if she wanted fun activities she would have to organise them herself.
Now plans are underway for a Halloween party for next year.
“I know we haven’t even had Halloween this year but I don’t want to rush it, I want to do it right,” she said.
Sarah is planning to hire a hall and have a disco and bouncy castle as well as food and face painting.
The money raised will all be going to the children’s ward as a thank you to the doctors and nurses who worked with Jessica.
Sarah added: “We are so grateful to all the staff, they kept Jessica alive and for that I really can’t thank them enough.
“What we went through was a horrible experience no parent should go through. All the money we raise will hopefully help the ward and other parents.”