A SIX-YEAR-OLD Stafford girl who has to use a wheelchair because of a rare genetic disorder she suffers has written to the Queen to ask for her help to save services at Stafford Hospital.
Jessica-Louise Nixon, who suffers from Beckwith-Weidemann Syndrome - a congenital overgrowth condition which causes a variety of abnormalities in children as well as an increased risk of tumours – asked her parents to help her pen the letter after taking an interest in the fight to save the department that has looked after her all her life.
The letter, which starts by congratulating The Queen on the birth ‘of your new great granbaby’ continues ‘sorry I didn’t write sooner but I’ve been upset’.
“There are nasty selfish men trying to close my hospital and stop babies being born there,” she writes. “Babies should be allowed to choose where they get borned just like your new prince did.”
“I am proud of my hospital, it saved my life and my sister’s life and my new baby is going to be born there,” she writes. “Please come and visit our hospital in Stafford before it’s gone.
“I think you will be proud too.”
Jessica-Louise is planning to deliver the letter to Buckingham Palace when she visits London on a day out next week.
Her mother, also called Louise, is currently pregnant with her third child and hopes to give birth in Stafford Hospital again.
“My pregnancy [with Jessica-Lousie] was very difficult,” she said.
She said she was ‘absolutely horrified’ when she heard about the recommendations to close the maternity and in-patient paediatric departments.
“It’s inhuman. It seems quite bizarre to me that in 2012 and 2013 little children are being treated like this.”
Mrs Nixon said because of the amount of time Jessica-Louise had spent in the hospital, staff there had become like a family.
“They’re wonderful,” she said. “They have been supportive and they know us so well and that’s so important.”
“I just feel indebted to them because they are doing such an amazing job and they are just getting a hard time for it.
“It isn’t fair, they are getting hammered and they should be getting supported.
She said her daughter attended the consultation meetings in Stafford and publicly challenged the administrators over their plans along with several other children who regularly used the children’s ward at the hospital.
“These are massive, massive things to these children,” she said.
“I know there’s been difficulties at Stafford in the past, but it’s time to solve the problem and finance it properly," she said. "It needs proper resourcing.”