Thousands of pounds raised to help fund treatment for ‘miracle’ child from Beauchamp Roding

PUBLISHED: 09:26 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 03 August 2018

Amber Regan attends Columbus School & College in Chelmsford. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Amber Regan attends Columbus School & College in Chelmsford. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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More than £3,000 was raised for a ‘miracle child’ at a High Easter fun day.

Amber in hospital. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDAmber in hospital. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Amber Regan, 6, from Beauchamp Roding, who is non-verbal and non-mobile, had to be resuscitated when she was born and doctors said she wouldn’t survive, however she defied the odds and began breathing on her own after being taken off life support.

A fun day on July 15 at High Easter Village Hall, which included a football match between a Dunmow Rhodes FC team and Amber’s United, raised £3,080 for Amber’s physiotherapy sessions, including £420 donated by Dunmow Rhodes FC Sunday team.

Amber’s mum, Benna Regan, 39, said: “The doctors said Amber wouldn’t survive and wouldn’t be able to breath on her own. On day five they suggested we switch off her life support machine. My mum and sister were in the room because we didn’t want to watch her take her last breath.

“Five minutes later the nurse came out of the room and says she’s breathing okay on her own. We spent two days watching her, expecting her to pass away. Hospital staff named her the miracle child.”

Benna hopes the physiotherapy will prevent Amber, who has cerebal palsy and hearing and vision loss, from having anymore surgery like her hip operation at three-years-old.

“The operation was the most horrific thing we have ever been through. She would cry and had a cast on for six weeks. She couldn’t have a bath. I did not want her to go through anything like that again,” said Benna.

Amber’s therapy sessions, which are not paid for by the NHS, cost £270 a week and include oxygen therapy and horse riding lessons.

Benna, who also has a three-year-old daughter called Erin with her husband Darren, 52, said: “Before we were relying on the NHS for everything. We did not get a lot of physiotherapy, maybe one hour every eight weeks if we were lucky. She needs continual therapy.”

Recently, Amber travelled to America for three weeks of intensive therapy paid for by fundraising.

She was beginning to communicate using a machine and Benna has now bought Amber a walker, which she used in America and has noticed progress.

The fun day included a hook-a-duck game, a tombola and a raffle.

“The day was a great success, there must have been between 150 and 250 people. The football match was great fun,” Benna said.

For any information on upcoming fundraising events for Amber or to find out more about Amber’s treatments please get in touch with Benna on 07956260755.

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