Plea for support from families of ill children in Sunderland

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A LITTLE girl facing the biggest fight of her life may have to undergo further surgery.

Paige Evans, two, has spent all her life battling illnesses that have left her blind and deaf.

Earlier this year, doctors told her family there was nothing more that could medically be done to help her and she was discharged from Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and allowed home.

But now medics say the Silksworth youngster may face further surgery.

Kay Gibb, 42, Paige’s grandmother, said: “She had an appointment last week at James Cook hospital about her cochlear implants as there is a problem with the skin over the implants.

“It’s very inflamed and she has lost her hair in those patches.

“The consultant said she may need another operation on it or the skin may split and she risks an infection that could go to her brain. The problem is, if she has an operation then she will be ventilated and they don’t think she will recover from that, so her consultants at the RVI Newcastle are going to have a meeting to discuss what’s best.”

This weekend Kay, of Silksworth, will join friends of sick toddler Kian Armstrong at a fund-raising bag-pack.

Four-year-old Kian, from Castletown, is battling cancer and his family are leading a fund-raising drive called Kian’s Gift, which allows sick youngsters, like Paige, to visit a caravan in Haggerston Castle, Northumberland, where they can enjoy a break.

On Saturday Kian’s mum, Jemma, 30, will join Kay at Morrisons in Seaburn for the collection.

Jemma said: “Kay wanted to become involved in the drive and we are hoping other people might come forward and help as we are a bit short of volunteers for Saturday.” Kay added: “We need as much help as possible to support children like Paige and Kian.”

In the past seven months, the Kian’s Gift Fund has raised £15,000 towards the £40,000 needed to pay for the caravan and bills for the next three years.

If you can help with the drive, contact