Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Uplifting Experience. Her Girl for the First Time Mum Can Now Carry since She Was a Baby

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Uplifting Experience. Her Girl for the First Time Mum Can Now Carry since She Was a Baby

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Byline: Katie Davies Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk

CARRYING her daughter proudly, new mum Stacey Hobden has battled back from a freak medical condition which left her paralysed.

The 22-year-old was denied her one wish - to look after her nine-month-old girl - when she was left unable to walk and lost all feeling in her hands and feet after being struck down with the rare nervous system disorder Guillian-Barre syndrome.

The disease affects just one in 100,000 people and attacks the lining of the nerves.

This leaves sufferers unable to move, swallow or even breathe without assistance.

But after fighting the disease for the past year, Stacey can now carry her daughter Maddison, now aged two, for the first time since contracting the debilitating illness.

"Words can't describe how I feel to be able to hold Maddison," said Stacey, from West Denton, Newcastle.

"It's almost like having a part of myself back.

"I haven't been able to hold her since she was seven months old.

"At long last I just feel like I can be a mam again."

Stacey caught an apparently relatively harmless sickness bug but when she was unable to fight it off she was admitted to hospital.

Just two weeks later, after a battery of tests, the mum-of-one was diagnosed with the disease, which cruelly left her not only unable to walk, but also affected her so much that she could not even hold Madison.

She is currently attending Walkergate Park Centre in the East End of Newcastle, where she is undergoing intensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation work with the medical and nursing staff.

She said: "I'm getting much better now and I can walk around the house.

"I am still not back to the way I was but I'm using my mobility scooter to get out and about outside."

Stacey and her husband Paul, 26, originally from Brighton on the south coast, met seven years ago and had tried for a baby for five years. …

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