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Holly was just four weeks old when we were called. Her face was bruised, her head flopped to one side. She had a broken ankle, knee, toes, several ribs, and three breaks in her arms.
Doctors thought she had brittle bone disease. Her parents said she had fallen out of her bassinet. However, scans showed that this baby hadn’t fallen, she had been violently beaten on multiple occasions. Being bashed on the head left her with burst blood vessels in her eyes, a bleed on her brain and permanent brain damage. She spent the next month of her life, and her very first Christmas, in hospital.
Over the next ten months, Holly needed back-to-back medical appointments for eight hours, up to four days a week. Holly’s arm, which was crooked from not being taken to a doctor soon enough, needed daily physiotherapy. She also needed constant watch, even at night, to make sure she didn’t choke - an issue caused by the brain damage. With Diane there at every moment and a whole team looking after her, Holly began a slow and steady recovery.
Through this intensive therapy, Holly learned to roll over, crawl and build her hand-eye coordination—key developments for a young baby. The brain injury meant she learned things slower than other children, but her improvements were remarkable.
For children like Holly, the magic of Christmas is taken away the moment someone hurts them. And sadly, they are dying as a result of this violence. Please donate now so that no child has to spend Christmas in pain.
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