Little Georgia needs our help to be able to eat
EATING. Many of us take this everyday action for granted.
But for little Georgia Mae Brown, to be able to enjoy one of the basic human experiences and eat like everyone else, is a distant dream.
Suffering from an undiagnosed neuro-muscular disease, Georgia, almost three, has been fed via a tube through her nose to her stomach since birth.
Her condition has meant feeding Georgia is a full-time job for her parents and family.
They have to feed her four times a day, maintaining her hydration levels while she battles severe reflux.
However, an opportunity has presented itself to the family.
They need $30,000 to get German specialist Markus Wilken to come out and work with Georgia to get her off the feeding tube and teach her how to feed herself.
They need the generous Coast community to help.
"We've put it off for a long time asking for help, but we just feel like this is the one chance," Georgia's aunty, Kirsty Robinson-Taylor, said.
"It would just be life-changing for everyone in the family if we could get her eating because she's a bright, little girl and if she could eat she could maybe even go to school one day."
The family has raised about $7000 so far, but needs assistance quickly, with Mr Wilken's schedule allowing him to return in November to assist Georgia, should the money be raised in time.
"This is our window of opportunity to get her eating," Ms Robinson-Taylor said.
It's a miracle that Georgia is even alive today, having been on oxygen for the first six months of her young life, and totally isolated from the public for the first year, due to her susceptibility to germs and common colds.
"At the moment unfortunately as we do not have an official diagnosis Georgia does not qualify for any government assistance or grants through many private charities either," Ms Robinson-Taylor said.
She also has an account set up for her with the ANZ Bank: BSB 014672 account number 2049 07683 in the name of Kirsty Robinson-Taylor as trustee for Georgia Brown.