Weʼve raised £37,106 to help raise funds to support Olivia McCord for adaptations needed after losing her hands and feet to Sepsis.
- Funded on Friday, 30th October 2020
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Over the weekend before Monday 27th January 2020 Olivia was not feeling great and just seemed like she was not well like most kids get. During the day of Monday 27th January 2020 Olivia was seen to have a really big lump coming out of her neck and she was really poorly. She was struggling to breathe and Olivia's Granny and Auntie rushed Olivia to the Sick Children’s Hospital in Glasgow. When Olivia got there she was immediately rushed to theatre to place a tube down her throat in order aid her breathing.
They then immediately took her up to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Tests were ongoing with Olivia and Doctors knew she was gravely ill which later turned out she had severe sepsis. Olivia was kept asleep to help her body. Tests later discovered that Olivia had underlying leukaemia. It did not look good for Olivia and Doctors prepared family for the worst.
Olivia was given many treatments to fight against the Sepsis which was attacking her body and immune system. During the fight with Sepsis Olivia’s body was trying to protect her most vital organs, which then neglected others including her limbs. Due to this there was extensive damage to Olivia's kindney's, spleen and limbs. Doctors were aware of this however someone so young fighting 2 life threatening illnesses, the priority was to keep Olivia alive and the Hospital staff worked 24/7 to make that happen.
Olivia was put on Hemofiltration to help with the damage to her Kidneys. Due to the damage to Olivia's limbs she had to then have her left hand, a finger and parts of other fingers on her right hand + both legs from mid shin down amputated.Olivia then began to recover in intensive care for many weeks continuing to receive life saving treatment.
After Doctors managed to stabilise Olivia, her body was in a position to look ahead to receiving treatment for Leukaemia. Olivia then spent time in a recovery ward before being moved up to the Schiehallion Ward which is the ward for kids with cancer. Here Olivia was also fitted with her prosthetic legs. Whilst been put up into this ward Covid-19 stuck. This meant that no visitors were allowed apart from her Mum and Dad.
Whilst all this was going on Olivia was very much missing her family and friends in nursery but she has been FaceTiming where she was able to continue to be her cheeky self. Olivia has been adapting and learning to continue to do the things she loves such as painting and playing with her toys. She also started to receive physio treatment.
Mum and Dad have been spending every day at the hospital since January making sure they are there for Olivia. Olivia has been an absolute warrior, always in high spirits and not letting anything get her down.
As Olivia's Uncle, I have seen the strain this has put on all the family but mainly Olivia's Mum and Dad Samantha and Lloyd. Samantha and Lloyd have been flat out at the hospital for Olivia. Given Olivia is going to have to have so many adaptations so early on in life, such as new prosthetic legs, adaptations within the houses, wheelchairs etc. I thought I would set up this page in order to support Olivia, Lloyd and Samantha, to assist with everything they will need for Olivia. Also to relieve any stress possible as I know it has been the hardest year for them.
Whilst family have not been able to see Olivia since Covid-19 , it was decided to do something in support for her. Family and Friends are going to ascend up to the top of Ben Nevis during the day of 8th August 2020. Anybody who would want to come please just message Kevin.
My work Colleagues have been very thoughtful and kind and have organised a works charity cycle for us to support for Olivia. On the 26th of August we will be cycling from Clydebank to the Falkirk Wheel and back.
Any money raised will go to buying Olivia new equipment to make the necessary adaptations for her life. Staff at the hospital and the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity have been an amazing. They do so much work to help children like Olivia. Money will also be donated to them to show support.
Edit - There was no initial target amount but as the donations have continued to rise and rise, the target has continued to raise. The amazing amount of donations will be able to help Olivia in so many ways. Olivia's family are completely overwhelmed.
Thank you so much.
UPDATE - Never did I think I would get anywhere near the amount raised so far. The support has been phonemional. The fundraising will help Olivia massively. Olivia's Mum and Dad are blown away and I would just like to thank every single person who has helped our family in any way at all. Olivia has now started her Chemotherapy treatment which will be a long road but she is such a wee fighter and has everyones support.
Also Ben Nevis was a success and Olivia was very happy to see a banner with her face up a mountain. Ben nevis conquered and now onto a very long cycle to the Falkirk Wheel!
- 5 months ago
Kevin McCord5 months ago
I did not expect the support that have been given so far it has been unbelievable. I will get round to thanking everyone at some point. There was no target set for a particular amount but how many people have helped has been crazy and it will help Olivia in so many ways. Thank you everyone.
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