Brave Fakenham schoolgirl Evie’s on the mend
- Credit: Ian Burt
A schoolgirl who is recovering from an operation to remove part of her kidneys has completed a sponsored walk to raise money for research.
Evie Hadfield, aged seven, took part in the London Bridges Walk along with other kidney patients, their families and friends. Her justgiving page has raised more than £300.
'We went to London for a walk to raise money for kidney research,' said Evie, from Waterfield Avenue, in Fakenham. 'We walked seven miles and we all got a medal.'
Mum Kerrie-Ann Hadfield, 32, husband Phil, 48, brothers Teddy, eight and Alfie, nine, and six-year-old sister Emme joined her for the trip to the capital.
After the walk, which began at Tower Bridge and included crossing the Thames at Hungerford and Westminster bridges, Mr Hadfield said: 'I think I felt it more than the kids on the walk, it was up and down loads of steps up to the bridges, it was really hot and muggy.'
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Mrs Hadfield said her brave young daughter wanted to do something to help others after suffering painful kidney problems and missing time off school.
She said doctors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital discovered Evie had been born with an extra tube connecting to both of her kidneys after she suffered a number of infections.
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Mrs Hadfield said: 'They said to us it's a rare condition which happens mainly in girls. She's been quite poorly, the symptoms have been mainly sickness, fevers, headaches, backaches and abdominal pains.'
She added Evie, who goes to Fakenham Junior School in the autumn, had taken 50 days off school because of her illness over the last year. Surgeons have now removed half of one of her kidneys to treat the condition.
'Now she's had the operation she's not in pain, she can live with it,' she said.
Evie said she hopes to be a journalist and run her own magazine when she leaves school.
To donate to Evie's walk, click here.