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Little Missy's birthday wish for a brain scan granted.

Byline: BETHANY LODGE @bethlodge1

LITTLE Missy Russell - whose brain seeps through a hole in her skull causing unbearable pain - has been given fresh hope thanks to a stranger's donation.

The eight-year-old suffers from Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia, leaving her with slurred speech, in near-constant pain and unable to play with her friends.

Speaking to The Gazette last week, mum Kirsty Clough said the family needed to raise PS1,600 for a private vertical MRI scan - a goal which seemed miles away to the Gresham family.

But help came in the form of business owners Charlie and Nuala Doocey, who pledged PS1,490 to make it possible for Missy to get her scan.

The scan will give a better picture of what is causing her symptoms to present so severely.

Kirsty said: "Missy came downstairs crying last night and I had friends over. It was about 8pm.

"She said 'Mum, for my birthday can I have my scan instead of a party?' "As I looked down at my phone, a friend who had set up the Just Giving page messaged and said 'it's done, we've got it.' .' I was so glad I wasn't alone for it because I would have thought it was a dream."

After an appeal appeared in The Gazette, Missy's fund slowly climbed to PS110.

When Nuala and Charlie - who own Stockton-based engineering firm Doocey North East Ltd - saw the story, they pledged the rest of the money needed.

Nuala said: "I thought of the age of the child and all the pain that she is in. It's awful in this day and age.

"I passed it on to my husband and he felt the same.

"We decided to make it up and she could go for the scan."

Kirsty said Missy was "ecstatic" when told she could get her scan.

Once Missy has the vertical MRI scan, medics can decide how is best to treat her condition.

It will almost certainly mean more surgery on her brain.

Kirsty, also mum to Ellie, 15, and Jason, 11, has been nominated as a Champion Parent in The Gazette's Community Champion Awards.

"As a family, Jason, Missy, Ellie and I are all very close.

"They accept the Chiari as our version of normality.

"They know they miss out but they are really supportive. Even stuff like getting her up the stairs when she can't make it.

"I've definitely got something new to learn every day, but we work well together and there's no better team than our little family."


Missy Russell, eight, and mum Kirsty Clough were over the moon with the kind gift from Nuala and Charlie Doocey, pictured right with the pair ian cooper

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2017
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