Mollie was just three years old when she became ill in August 2019. However, what started as a nasty virus, very quickly turned out to be every parent's worst nightmare.
Mollie was admitted to hospital on 13 August and within an hour started to have seizures. “After an EEG test we were told that Mollie’s brainwaves had slowed down and that they were working on a possible diagnosis of encephalitis,” explained mum Ceri. “They did a lumbar puncture and an MRI scan before confirming the worst possible news. Mollie had sustained devastating swelling to her brain.”
She was diagnosed with Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, an autoimmune condition that meant the antibodies in Mollie’s blood were attacking her brain and causing the swelling. She was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where the consultants explained that the damage to Mollie’s brain was considerable.