Lit­tle Mia gets her one big wish

Life-chang­ing gift for brave preppy

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - JACKIE SINNERTON

HEALTH RE­PORTER SOME­TIMES come true.

And The Sun­day Mail and The Courier-Mail are de­lighted to have been able to help de­liver this one.

Lit­tle Mia Wilkin­son has been through the year from hell. The five-year-old with the con­ta­gious smile beat off deadly sep­sis, which she de­vel­oped af­ter a bout of the flu. Sadly, the bub­bly preppy lost both her arms and her legs.

In yes­ter­day’s CourierMail, Mia said all she wanted for Christ­mas was a new pair of com­fort­able legs so she could play with her friends and do the things they do.

Mia’s legs were am­pu­tated in Jan­uary, and she was fit­ted with legs from the hospi­tal in July.

But chil­dren keep grow­ing and af­ter just a few months, her legs are now too small. A new set costs up­wards of $30,000.

To­day we can an­nounce that Mia will have her new legs, thanks to The Courier-Mail Chil­dren’s Fund, which has do­nated the much-needed $30,000 to the Wilkin­son fam­ily.

“Lit­tle Mia is ex­actly why The Courier-Mail Chil­dren’s Fund ex­ists. I’m de­lighted that we’ve been able to help Mia and her fam­ily,’’ Chil­dren’s Fund board mem­ber Ja­son Scott said.

“The Courier-Mail Chil­dren’s Fund has been help­ing Queens­land kids since 1909.

“What is unique about the fund is that 100¢ in the dol­lar wishes do go straight to chil­dren in need.’’

Mia’s mother, Amy, said the gift was a wish come true for the whole fam­ily.

“Buy­ing a new pair of legs is not like buy­ing a new pair of shoes, and Mia is go­ing to out­grow quite a few pairs of legs in her child­hood,’’ Amy said.

“The news­pa­per and the Chil­dren’s Fund are awe- some for help­ing us.’’ ’’

But many chal­lenges still lie ahead for the Bris­bane girl as she ad­justs to life as a quadru­ple am­putee. She will con­tinue to have many re­quire­ments.

Visit move­ment­formia.org to make a do­na­tion. Do­na­tions over $2 are tax de­ductible.

The Courier-Mail Chil­dren’s Fund will con­tinue to help chil­dren. It is hoped that The World’s Big­gest Garage Sale this Satur­day will raise $300,000 for the fund.

UP AND AWAY: Mia Wilkin­son, 5, with dad Peter and mum Amy, will be fit­ted with $30,000 legs; and how The Courier-Mail re­ported her plight. Pic­ture: AAP/ Steve Pohlner

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