A MUM is struggling to raise money to fund special treatment for her 19-month-old daughter who has rare and severe epilepsy.

Tia Holt has now been diagnosed with severe complex epilepsy, where so far doctors at the Royal Blackburn Hospital have found three different types, but are now at a loss at what to do.

Mum Chloe Cox, from Great Harwood, made the decision to go to the private Alexandra Hospital in Manchester, with a specialist able to treat her, but the costs are not affordable for the mum alone.

She said: “We got an EEG put in place and they came back that to say Tia had got worse with multiple types of epilepsy.

“She has anything from 50 to 200 little episodes a day.

“It’s classed as a disability and it’s like looking after a baby because she cannot sit up or walk, it’s very hard.”

Tia spent 11 days in hospital from February 4 as she had seizures ongoing for seven hours in clusters.

She was released but readmitted on February 19.

Chloe said: “She was crying and screaming because they scare her and the doctors did not know what they could do to help her.

“So, I found a private hospital where they have a dedicated specialist in epilepsy in children.

“Tia was given some medicine, but it will not cure her condition and she is now set to have epilepsy for the rest of her life.”

The first appointment online will alone cost from £150 to £250, and the more appointments and treatment plans she has, the higher the costs will be.

Chloe said: “It did not come as a shock to me, because I kept saying she had it and it’s upsetting. They still do not know if she will be able to walk, so we are just taking it day by day.

“It just feels like we are back to square one.”

Blackburn Hospital was due to refer Tia to Preston to start a special diet, but this has been delayed and Miss Cox is worried that Tia’s condition will affect her brain.

She said: “I don’t want to wait because Tia hasn’t got months to wait, it could affect her brain.

“Tia still smiles and laughs because she is used to the seizures now, which is sad really. My biggest fear is that one day she’ll have a seizure we won’t be able to get her out of.

“It can also take up to 40 minutes in the morning and another 40 minutes in the evening to give her all her medication as there’s a lot and she doesn’t like it.”

Chloe hopes that with treatment there can be some relief for her daughte.

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