A place in history for young Wrexham stroke survivor

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THE COURAGE of a little girl who has battled against the odds after suffering a stroke is to be recognised in history.

Four-year-old Daisy Pritchard and her family from Penycae have been given an invitation to a special ceremony marking the beginning of construction to an extension at Ronald McDonald House, which is an accommodation centre for the relatives of children who are patients at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital.

In July 2008, the Leader reported how Daisy had suffered a stroke shortly after surgery for a heart defect at Alder Hey. Daisy spent five days on a life support machine and has had further surgery since, but she has amazed countless people with the strength of her recovery.

As part of the special event to be held next month, the Pritchards have been asked to provide an item of their choice which will be placed in a time capsule and buried in the foundations of the new building.

Daisy’s mum Eileen said they had decided to choose a card featuring the ‘Daisy Pritchard Wrexham Child Stroke Survivor Campaign’, which raises public awareness of strokes among children and young people.

The Pritchards have been tireless supporters of Ronald McDonald House collecting valuable cash through organising a series of events which have received strong backing from members of the public.

The family stayed at the accommodation centre when Daisy was a patient at Alder Hey and said they greatly valued the resource at the centre.

As well as placing an item in the time capsule the Pritchards will be helping to get construction of the Phase Three project under way when the ceremony takes place at the beginning of November.

Eileen said: “The letter inviting us to the event and asking if we would contribute an item to the time capsule came totally out of the blue. We have explained it to Daisy and she is looking forward to going.”

As part of the stroke survivor campaign, Daisy has a page on Facebook which has been going for a year and has more than 3,000 people linked to it.

As well as attracting plenty of admiration in this country, Daisy’s courage has gained lots of attention overseas.

Earlier this year the Leader reported her story was featured on the US-based medical website Psychology Today, and also how she had been chosen as a hero of the month on the American website Brendon’s Smile, which raises awareness of strokes in children.

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