Help for Kacie

PUBLISHED: 03:13 07 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010

WESTON'S new paediatricians have already been providing children in the town with vital care and support. The new paediatric unit is due to open at

WESTON'S new paediatricians have already been providing children in the town with vital care and support.The new paediatric unit is due to open at the end of January but three doctors have already taken up posts in the hospital and have been treating sick children.Kacie Carr, aged three, is just one of the youngsters who no longer has to travel up to Bristol to receive the care she needs and when the new unit opens Weston General Hospital will be able to help hundreds more like her.Kacie, of Grasmere Drive, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis six months ago and needs a cytotoxic injection in her thigh every week to relieve her symptoms, she also takes steroids every day.Juvenile arthritis is a very serious disease and causes inflammation in the joints and organs.Her mother Karla McLean said: "Without her steroids she can't walk and she can barely hold things, her muscles ache and she can't use any part of her body."Before she was diagnosed she stopped walking, eating and drinking and she just lay on her bed and slept all the time, I thought she was dying. She wouldn't let anybody hold her because her whole body ached, so we couldn't pick her up."She's gradually started getting better now and acting like a normal three-year-old."Karla would have had to have taken Kacie to Bristol every week for treatment, but thanks to the Weston Super Kids appeal, supported by the Weston & Somerset Mercury, the new paediatricians in Weston are able to give Kacie her injections.* Pictured: Kacie, aged three, with Dr Phil Smith and site manager David Jenkins, visiting the new paediatric unit at Weston General Hospital where she will be receiving treatment when it opens in January.

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