Norfolk nuns offer help in bid to save the legs of one in a million girl Victoria Komada

Victoria Komada

Victoria Komada - Credit: Archant

Nuns at the Carmelite Monastery are the latest to join the effort to save the legs of a girl from north Norwich as her fund-raising drive has now surpassed £100,000.

Victoria Komada and her mum Marzena Drusewicz

Victoria Komada and her mum Marzena Drusewicz - Credit: Archant

19-month-old Victoria Komada is in the midst of a battle to find more than £300,000 before her second birthday this summer - or face a double leg amputation.

Money is being raised across the continent, with well-wishers from the UK, and her parent's native Poland helping little Victoria in the daunting task.

Victoria was born with one in a million condition bilateral tibial hemimilia, a rare deformity which left her with a missing patella bone and shortened limbs.

While doctors in the UK recommended amputation, mum Marzena Drusewicz and dad Dariusz Komada have refused to give up hope, and sought further advice.

A specialist in Florida, Dr Dror Paley of the Paley Institute, examined Victoria and has offered treatment, which costs more than £300,000 and should be done by the time she turns two in June for the best chance of success.

With money flooding in for their cause, one of the latest groups to donate has been the resident nuns of the Carmelite Monastery at Quidenham, sending the family £700 towards the surgery.

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Mr Komada said: 'It is so hard when you see kids the same age as Victoria who can walk and do everything. It is very hard for us, and sometimes I cry because she wants to but she can't.

'After the operation she would be able to walk like a normal person. She could run, she could walk, use a bike, swim, and do everything.'

Ms Drusewicz said: 'I am so grateful people want to help our Victoria. I never thought there would be so many people in the world wanting to help. They have a good heart and that is why I think they want to help. 'Victoria is such a sweet girl - she is always happy and smiling. I think that is what people like.'

She added: 'I look at Victoria's legs, so small they can fit in my hand. And I know I'll do all I can to save them. That's why I'm begging for help. The amount of money we have to save is frightening but the fact we might not be quick enough and that somebody would amputate almost half of our child's body frightens us even more.'

To donate to Victoria visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/grzegorz-komada

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