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Kelly's 91 mile walk for 91 days in hospital

A mum is taking on a 91 mile walking challenge, throughout January to raise money for The Sick Children's Trust, who supported her when her daughter was born with her vital organs outside of her body.

Kelly Phizacklea, is walking the 91 miles to represent every day her daughter, Laurel, spent in Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Laurel was born with exomplahlos, meaning her abdomen had failed to close properly, causing her liver, stomach and bowel to remain outside of her body.

Kelly Phizacklea, with husband Sean and baby Laurel.
Kelly Phizacklea, with husband Sean and baby Laurel.

Kelly, 29, will be walking around Suffolk carrying six-month-old Laurel in a sling.

During the time Laurel was in hospital, Kelly and her husband Sean who live in Burnt Fen were supported at Chestnut House, free 'home from home' accommodation, which meant they could be minutes from their daughter's bedside.

She said: "It was such a relief. Our room was just a stone's throw away from the ward meaning that we could go see Laurel whenever we wanted, even if it was just to go and sit next to her incubator at two in the morning."

Laurel was also diagnosed with OEIS complex, an extremely rare condition occurring in only one in 400,000 births.

Abi Abdel-aal, Chestnut House manager, said: "I think that Kelly is so brave for taking on this challenge, and her commitment to raise money and awareness for the charity is inspirational."

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kellyandlaurel

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