TWO life-saving operations have prompted a women to raise an impressive £2,013 in aid of Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Born with a rare condition that prevented her oesophagus from functioning correctly, Anita Green’s life had been a constant battle.
Her illness meant that she could not eat solid foods and was constantly sick. The 34-year-old said: ‘My parents were told at birth that I would not live past the age of two.
‘I struggled for 29 years with it. I hated food.’
In 2007 Anita was admitted to Queen Alexandra with gastroenteritis. She was admitted again in 2008 for the same symptoms when it was decided to go ahead with two complex operations.
The operations have changed her life dramatically and Anita, of Blackbrook Road, Fareham, no longer has to survive on chocolate and milk just to line her stomach.
Anita said: ‘I can eat properly now. My diet has completely changed and I have so much more energy.
‘The staff were absolutely fantastic and gave me pastoral care – I was learning how to read and write, and walk and talk again.’
Anita felt she wanted to give something back to the hospital that saved her.
She organised events through the Cosham Rotary Club of which her father, Les Green, is president.
Accepting the donation on behalf of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, Sandra Taylor said: ‘We will be able to purchase some much-needed new equipment such as an auroscope and an opthalmoscope.’