KEPT alive by a machine, little Paige Evans is facing the biggest fight of her short life.
The 19-month-old turned blue and collapsed unconscious after suffering a severe bout of pneumonia.
Today, she is wired up to life support machine at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary as she battles to recover.
Mum Beth Tait, 21, of Silksworth, Sunderland, said: “They are keeping her sedated and she is on morphine as they try to build her strength back up.”
Paige’s current condition is the latest setback in a catalogue of health problems.
At just two months old, she contracted meningitis before later being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, leaving her with limited movement. She also has little sight.
Paige who lives with mum Beth and dad Paul Evans, 29, had been spending a few days at a hospice when she took a turn for the worse.
Speaking from her daughter’s hospital bedside, Beth said: “Within an hour, she’d deteriorated badly and started to turn blue.
“She was taken to North Tees Hospital which was close to the hospice and then transferred through to Newcastle.”
Doctors realised Paige was having significant trouble keeping milk in her body. She would suffer severe reflux episodes, causing the vomited milk to return into her body, lying on her lungs.
Surgeons have now operated on the tot in a bid to stop this happening.
Paul, a former factory worker, has now had to give up his job in order to help Beth care for their daughter.
Beth added: “They are keeping her on life support while she recovers from this operation.
“Once that’s over, they say she will need an operation on her hip which is significantly out of place.”
Paige also suffers multiple seizures every day which medics are trying to stop.
Beth added: “It’s terrifying to see her like this. When she first collapsed and turned blue, I’d no idea what was going to happen.”
The family have had some good news. They have just been given the keys to their new home in Silksworth and are now hoping to create a sensory room for their daughter when she finally returns home.
“We know she can see lights, even if she can’t see us, so we’d like to create a room full of lights and bright toys to keep her stimulated,” added Beth.
A lot of the specialist equipment Paige will need is expensive and they are calling for local people and businesses who thing they can help to get in touch.
Beth added: “She is going to need a lot of help and it’s hard because neither Paul or I can work.”
Anyone who thinks they can help can contact Beth via the Echo on 501 7146.