A LITTLE girl who has spent her young life in hospital has finally made it home.
Paige Evans is back in the arms of her Wearside parents after she was diagnosed with a catalogue of life-limiting conditions.
But her family now face having to find thousands of pounds to provide the 24-hour care she will need every day.
Grandmother Kay Gibb 42, said: “Just to have her home and see her smile means the world to us.”
Fifteen-month-old Paige, of Silksworth, suffers hundreds of seizures each day.
Born profoundly deaf on March 11 last year, Paige was just two weeks old when she contracted meningitis, spending the next five weeks recovering.
The youngster was also admitted to Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital, where she became the youngest person in the country to be fitted with cochlear implants.
But mum Bethany Tait, 20, and dad Paul Evans, 28, believed there was something else wrong with their daughter and raised concerns with doctors. Tests went on to show Paige had cerebral palsy.
Today, the youngster suffers from a catalogue of related health problems, from sight issues to limited movement in her limbs. Paige has also spent months in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary as doctors attempted to bring her multiple seizures, caused by epilepsy, under control.
Finally back at the house she shares with her parents and Kay, Paige is adapting to life outside of hospital.
Kay told the Echo: “She is fed baby milk through a tube in her stomach, and we’ve had to clear a room just to fit in all her medication and specialist equipment.
“At the minute she is sleeping with Bethany while we try desperately to raise the £5,000 needed to buy the hospital bed she needs.”
Nurses come to the family home two nights a week, while Paige still faces countless visits to hospitals across the North East, as well as constant physio to help with her movement.
The family also needs to find £2,000 towards a specialist car seat and a buggy.
Despite the obstacles they still have to overcome, having Paige home has helped relieve a lot of stress on the family.
“She likes watching television, just because of the bright colours,” adds Kay. “She also loves the family cat, Minnie, and dog, Ollie, because she enjoys feeling their fur.”
On July 6, a charity bike ride between South Shields and Hexham will take place for Paige, while a fund-raising night will be held on Saturday, August 17.
A Facebook page has been set up under Paige Nicole Evans. Anyone who can help, should contact Kay on 07969 926 378.