Brave Newtownabbey girl, 7, preparing for major surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital – Belfast Live

The brave Newtownabbey child (Image: Submitted)

A 7-year-old girl from Newtownabbey is preparing for major surgery this year at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

Paula-Jayne Tate was told when she was 20 weeks pregnant that her daughter Kaidence had the most severe type of spina bifida (myelomeningocele) and hydrocephalus – a build-up of fluid in the brain which can put pressure on it.

The child ‘s condition causes many complications – with Kaidence having two VP shunts fitted which are small plastic tubes that help drain extra cerebrospinal fluid from the brain.

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