Willow will now have life-changing surgery to see in Thailand

SURGERY Gemma Scotney with her daughter Willow. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122692-832)
SURGERY Gemma Scotney with her daughter Willow. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122692-832)

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PARENTS hoping to travel to China so their daughter can have stem cell surgery to help her see, have had to change their plans.

Jamie Williams, 26, and Gemma Scotney, 29, have been fundraising to get £25,000.

They want their daughter Willow, three, to have stem cell surgery, so she will be able to see properly for the first time.

The couple had been planning to take Willow to a stem cell treatment centre in Guangzhou, China.

But the family said the centre was closed last month.

Gemma, of Deerhurst Crescent, Paulsgrove, said: ‘When we heard the news we were shocked.

‘Obviously, we have put a lot of planning in to this and people have been brilliant with their fundraisng.’

The family is now hoping to go to Thailand in May for the same procedure, but may need to raise more cash.

‘We don’t want people to feel duped,’ added Gemma.

‘We’ve been researching this clinic and spoken to families who have had treatment there.

‘We will only be taking Willow over if we’re 100 per cent happy.’

The family is now finalising details with the Better Being Hospital, in Bangkok.

The News has been following Willow’s story.

Readers have been holding fundraising events, and donating money, directly,

The original £25,000 target has almost been reached.

Willow was born 10 weeks prematurely and diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage and hydrocephalus – water on the brain – shortly afterwards.

She had nine operations and spent the first six months of her life in hospital.

She is almost completely blind and also suffers from cerebral palsy.

For more information, or to donate, visit willowsvisionappeal.com