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Mum's fight to stay close to daughter
8:43am Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
FRIENDS and family of a young Kidderminster girl who has been diagnosed with leukaemia are raising funds to help her mum stay at her bedside.
Libby Field, 6, is being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and has just finished her first dose of chemotherapy.
Her mum Lizzie Field, of Spennells , hopes to stay with Libby at the hospital but needs financial support while she is off work.
Miss Field, who works in a school kitchen, said: “The doctors seem happy with how Libby’s responding but there is treatment planned until February.”
Libby was diagnosed with leukaemia on August 24 after a blood test.
Miss Field added: “She started feeling tired all the time and went off her food.
“I’m not one of those parents to take her to the doctors for every sniffle but she wasn’t well. They acted so quickly.”
Libby attends Offmore Primary School and is sad to have missed the start of term and seeing her friends.
“She’s very sociable,”added Miss Field. “She’s just taken all what’s happened in her stride and is keeping us all going.
“I tried to explain it simply to her but she told me it wasn’t ‘red stuff’, as I called it, it was blood.”
Two fund-raising events have been organised to help support Libby and her mum.
There will be an array of events from tomorrow to Sunday at the King Billy pub in Kidderminster to encourage donations for the Field family.
The activities will include a raffle, table top sales, face painting, and a pig roast.
The Granary Hotel and restaurant, where Miss Field worked a few years ago, will be holding an afternoon of activities on Sunday, September 30 from 2.30pm.
Miss Field added: “I wouldn’t be where I am without my family and friends. I’m so overwhelmed.
“Libby’s amazed me too. She’s a fighter.
“She did say to me she can’t wait for her hair to fall out so she doesn’t have to wash it. That’s just the way she is.”
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