Hope fades for seriously ill Sunderland girl

Bethany Tate with her daughter Paige Evans
Bethany Tate with her daughter Paige Evans
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A FAMILY has been left heartbroken after doctors told them nothing more could be done to help their sick little girl.

Paige Evans has spent all of her young life fighting off life-threatening conditions that have left her blind and deaf.

Now medics have told the 23-month-old’s family they have reached the end of the road in terms of medical care.

Paige’s devastated parents, Bethany and Paul, have now taken her out of Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and back to their Silksworth home, in the hope of making what time she has left as happy as possible.

Grandmother Kay Gibb, 42, said: “It’s now about making happy memories.

“We want to make every day as memorable as we possibly can.”

The family now set a date for Paige to be christened at St Benet’s Church in Monkwearmouth, a day which they hope will give them some precious memories.

Kay, also of Silksworth, said: “Paige is really struggling for breath at the minute and is worse than she has been in a long time.

“Last week the doctors did talk about the possibility of performing a tracheostomy to help with her breathing, but then decided against it.”

Born profoundly deaf on March 10, 2012, Paige’s worried parents raised concerns their daughter might have cerebral palsy and tests went on to confirm that. When she was just two months old, she contracted meningitis.

Although she can’t hold her head up and struggles to see and hear, the youngster does respond to changes in lights, so the family, with a little help from fund-raisers, had a sensory room built.

Paul, 28, a former factory worker, had to give up his job in order to help Beth, 21, care for their daughter.

But the family have only managed to get her home for short periods of time, as the severity of her condition left her needing constant hospital treatment.

Kay added: “We brought her back on Wednesday night, but had to take her straight back to hospital. She’s now back with us, but really not very well at all.

“Now all we can do is make her as comfortable as possible. Obviously, all of this has been incredibly upsetting and now all we can do is just take one day at a time.”

The family say they have received “incredible” support from all their family and friends, as well as those who have offered their time and kindness, over what has been a difficult few days.

Echo readers also helped the family buy essential equipment.

Paige’s christening is due to take place at 12pm on Sunday, March 23, at St Benet’s Church, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland.