Ellie-Mae's stolen Christmas
Four-year-old Ellie-Mae would love nothing more than to meet the real Santa, but she doesn’t have the life of many other four-year-olds; she can’t walk long distances, can only take part in PE if she’s physically strong enough and she carries oxygen around with her all the time.
Ellie-Mae has a very rare and undiagnosed airway disease, which greatly affects her breathing. Her windpipe and lungs are tiny and she has fluid on her lungs, so she's on oxygen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ellie was born four weeks premature and when she was just six weeks old she caught whooping cough. She was very poorly and one day at home, she stopped breathing and her Dad, Paul, had to give her CPR to keep her alive.
Now if Ellie gets an infection, or even a cold, she could be admitted to hospital and she’s in and out of hospital all year round.
Despite this, mum, Sarah describes Ellie as...
“A pocket rocket and always on the go. She’s a mischievous and happy little girl who loves school and loves lip balm!”
She's very close to her two older sisters, Holly, 5 and Libby, 8 and they do everything together.
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Ellie-Mae's Christmas wish
Ellie’s wish was all about having a magical Christmas to help make up for last year.
Last Christmas, she was taken into hospital in the run up to Christmas day and, whilst her sisters went on a few local trips to see Santa, Ellie couldn’t go because she was too poorly.
“Ellie being poorly is tough on all of us, it affects the whole family. Because Ellie is always in and out of hospital, her sisters get upset and want to know why she can’t come home. It wasn’t the Christmas time that many families experience”
The trip was a complete surprise for the girls and Sarah and Paul couldn't wait to see their faces when they told them the night before!
“We have no idea what the future looks like for Ellie. They can’t tell us, so we can’t prepare for anything in the future, because we just don’t know. We take each day as it comes and live life to the full. Ellie is always going to be special.”
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