Gabriella looks for­ward to birth­day after her op

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

A brave lit­tle girl is look­ing for­ward to a birth­day party to re­mem­ber after hav­ing surgery at Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal.

Gabriella Peth­er­ick, three, was di­ag­nosed with a-typ­i­cal my­cobac­te­rial lym­phadeni­tis, an in­fec­tion of the lym­ph­noids, in Au­gust last year.

She was first treated at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal in Ash­ford, and trav­elled to Lon­don for surgery last month to re­move four lumps on her neck and is now re­cov­er­ing.

Her im­me­di­ate fam­ily, who have re­cently moved from Ash­ford to Rochester, will be fundrais­ing for the Lon­don hos­pi­tal at her Hawai­ian-themed fourth birth­day party on Satur­day, July 22.

Mum Louisa Peth­er­ick, 28, said: “There was a lot re­moved. One of them was about six cen­time­tres.

“Her con­di­tion is very rare be­cause she has it on both sides. Most chil­dren only have it on one side.

“The ward had seen it be­fore. It filled us with con­fi­dence.

“Hope­fully she gets her con­fi­dence back a bit.

“The party is some­thing for her to look for­ward to while she was in hos­pi­tal. Ev­ery­body that has helped can come to­gether.”

The fam­ily are ask­ing that no one buys Gabriella presents and that they do­nate in­stead to the Just Giv­ing page www. justgiv­­ing/ Gabriel­las­giv­ing­toGOSH

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