Ap­peal launch for brave Os­car

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @kate­lal­lyx

ASOUTHPORT cou­ple are raising money for their oneyear-old nephew whose legs has to be sur­gi­cally bro­ken af­ter menin­gi­tis caused his bones to de­cay.

Os­car Miko­la­jew­ska was di­ag­nosed with menin­gi­tis at just a few days old.

His mum, Zanta Balda, and dad, Bartek Miko­la­jew­ski, say they raised con­cerns when he seemed un­well in the hospi­tal. How­ever, doc­tors as­sured them he was okay and sent them home.

Days later, Os­car had a fit and col­lapsed and had to be rushed to hospi­tal.

Af­ter var­i­ous an­tibi­otics failed to ease his symp­toms, Os­car had to be taken to Alder Hey in an am­bu­lance. Doc­tors there con­firmed it was menin­gi­tis, and told Zanta and Bartek he had a 50-50 chance of sur­vival.

The menin­gi­tis af­fected Os­car’s leg, mak­ing it bruise, de­cay and be­come twisted.

Dam­age caused to the skin and tis­sue means there has been sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems to his bone growth.

So that he can walk prop­erly, Os­car has to have an op­er­a­tion to have his leg bro­ken in three places.

The op­er­a­tion takes place on February 27, two days af­ter Os­car’s se­cond birth­day.

His aunt Liv Vaughan and un­cle Mar­iusz Miko­la­jew­ski have set up a fundrais­ing page to buy Os­car a puppy for his birth­day.

Liv said: “Os­car and his par­ents have had a ter­ri­ble time. He was in and out of hospi­tal as doc­tors ini­tially thought it was an in­fec­tion, and then he ended up be­ing rushed to Alder Hey when he took a turn for the worse.

“He strug­gles to walk and en­joy life like other tod­dlers do.

“Through­out all this he has been so brave and is still a happy, lovely lit­tle boy.

“We’re raising money be­cause [Zanta and Bartek] will have to take time off work be­cause of Os­car’s op­er­a­tion and then of course it’ll take him a long time to re­cover.

“The op­er­a­tion is just the be­gin­ning.”

As part of the fundrais­ing ef­fort, Bar Kahiki on West Street will do­nate all monies taken on the door this week­end (Fri­day and Satur­day February 3 and 4).

Liv will also work at the bar this week­end, giv­ing all wages and tips earned to the cause.

She added: “Os­car and his fam­ily de­serve some­thing to smile about. Please, please dig deep for this won­der­ful lit­tle boy.

“Any do­na­tion big or small means so much, and keep an eye out for other fundrais­ing events and fun days!”

Liv and Mar­iusz are hop­ing to raise £500 for Os­car.

At the time of go­ing to print, £160 had been raised.

To find out more about Os­car’s fund, or to make a do­na­tion, go to go­fundme.com/3bdqaug

A fundrais­ing ap­peal has been launched to help Os­car Miko­la­jew­ski, who needs an op­er­a­tion on his leg af­ter con­tract­ing menin­gi­tis

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