Poppy is a loving, smiling, happy little girl. She was born at 28 weeks and from birth she had inflammation of her bowel and started treatment for it at 3months old. She was initially ng tube fed, then nj tube fed by 6 months, and her first operation was at 9 months old when she weighed just 8lb.
Over time, more and more things became apparent with Poppy. She had pseudo obstruction from 7months old, hypoglycemia caused by a rare condition called growth hormone resistance, and poppy has delayed gross motor skills and couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sit until 18 months and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t walk until 2 and half years old. She used a walking frame and has special boots and orthotics. She also has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome too.
Poppy has been tpn dependant since January 2010 and has suffered many line sepsis since November 2009, with 4 bouts of pneumonia, cellulitis, and with multiple bugs in her blood stream at one time. Her inflammation has got much worse along with the pseudo, and on many occasions we have nearly lost Poppy as she has been so ill. Somehow her little body fought hard and she is still battling on and always with a smile.
Recently she has spent her in-patient time between her local hospital in Blackpool, Manchester Childrens' Hospital and is now currently in HDU (high dependency unit) at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Poppy has been to theatre several times over the past few weeks. She had needed a new central line (needed to feed her as on TPN), a stoma re-sited and exploratory procedures.