Miracle birthday for youngster battling rare condition

Abigail Cook celebrating her 11th birthday
Abigail Cook celebrating her 11th birthday

A little girl with a rare and terminal condition has just celebrated the birthday medics feared she would never see.

It was a milestone moment as Abigail Cook, who has been suffering from Batten Disease since the age of six, blew the candles out on her 11th birthday cake.

Mum Lindsey said: “It’s been a tough year and the disease has really taken its toll on Abigail.

“She can’t walk or talk anymore but she’s still got her little personality and is still continuing to fight.

“I had turned the house into a wood for Abigail, she had a teddy bear’s picnic and her eyes lit up when she saw it.

“We had a lovely day, we celebrated with Abigail’s friends and close family.”

When the family were given the heartbreaking diagnosis they were told Abigail may not reach double figures due to the illness that over time would lead to the Warmsworth youngster losing her sight and mobility.

Lindsey said: “Seeing Abigail enjoying her 11th birthday on Friday is something we didn’t think we’d see so it’s amazing really.

“It’s sad to see that she has deteriorated this year but she is still so happy.”

Abigail’s problems began when she suffered a chronic seizure and she stopped breathing while on holiday in Turkey at the age of six.

Tests at Doncaster Royal Infirmary came back negative.

But Abigail soon developed ticks, a stammer and became unable to dress and eat for herself suffering from dementia-like symptoms.

Following an MRI scan at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital which showed shadows on her brain, she was referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital and was eventually diagnosed with Batten Disease.

The community has continuously rallied round to raise money for Abigail to help complete her ‘wish list’.

People all across the borough dug deep to help raise the £10,000 target for Abigail and her family to jet off to Florida in America for a dream holiday.

The trip of a lifetime was top of Abigail’s ‘bucket list’.

Fundraising has helped Abigail tick a number of items off her bucket list including a trip to Lapland and creating a sensory garden at her home thanks to the generosity of residents.

The youngster is now looking forward to a trip to Centre Parcs, another item on her wish list.

To support Abigail’s Wish search Abigail Cooks story – fighting batten disease on Facebook.