Tom Moore-style charity challenge is raised by a 9-year-old girl with a long Covid.
A BRAVE nine-year-old girl who spent two weeks in hospital with Covid is relearning to walk with the help of a charity challenge inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Emily Saville lost her mobility and is still suffering from the effects of Long Covid three months later, despite medical staff telling her to “ride out” her symptoms.
The schoolgirl still requires a wheelchair or walker to get around, but she has decided to give back.
She has already raised over £2,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking laps around her garden.
Emily will continue until she is able to complete one lap without assistance.
“Emily first contracted Covid in September,” said her father, Chris Saville, 42, who lives near Yeovil, Somerset.
We thought it was best to get her checked after she awoke with a cough and cold.
She had a positive result and was feeling a little under the weather, with some breathing difficulties, but nothing serious.
She was in excruciating pain three days later and couldn’t move without screaming in agony.”
Emily was rushed to the hospital and told that it was “just Covid” – but she was still in pain at home.
In November, she was admitted to Yeovil District Hospital for a 13-day stay.
She couldn’t walk unassisted or perform basic tasks when she was discharged because her left side was so weak.
“She hasn’t been able to enjoy life since,” Chris continued, “so we want to raise awareness of Long Covid in kids.”
It’s brutal, and we have no idea how things will turn out.”