Mother's fears for disabled daughter who is 'choking everyday' due to tonsillitis

A West Belfast mum has expressed her concern for the safety of her disabled daughter who is "choking everyday" due to issues arising from tonsillitis.

Teresa Pollock says that she is desperately trying to secure surgery for her nine-year-old daughter Faith who has been struggling to eat due to swelling in her tonsils that has come on due to tonsillitis.

The young girl is severely disabled after being born with a chromosome deletion condition and requires constant care, with her also having issues with her eating prior to her recent infection.

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Speaking to Belfast Live, Teresa said that over the past six weeks Faith has been on multiple courses of antibiotics in order to treat her tonsillitis, but these do not appear to be working and she has been told that she could face a four year wait in order to have her tonsils removed.

She said: "For the past six weeks we have been back and forth to the doctors trying to get treatment for Faith's tonsillitis and I am very worried that if she is not able to get surgery soon that something very serious could happen.

"She has been on six different courses of antibiotics and none of them have made any difference to her.

"Faith's tonsils have swollen an awful lot and she is choking everyday when she tries to eat due to how big they have got. It is heartbreaking watching the difficulties that she is having as her face is going purple due to the problems that she is having.

"I have been begging for her tonsils to be removed but I have been told that there could be a four year wait for this. I don't think Faith's genetic condition has been taken into account at all, as she is very vulnerable and will struggle to cope if something is not done soon."

A spokesperson for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said: "Faith was admitted to the children’s hospital in March due to concerns about feeding and choking. Following assessment, she was discharged to the care of the community paediatric team. She was then referred to the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) department in April and is awaiting assessment for a tonsillectomy. The waiting time for this initial assessment is approximately 8-12 weeks.

"We understand that it is a worrying and difficult time for families when a child is being assessed for treatment.

"Depending on the outcome of this clinical assessment the waiting time can range from 6 weeks to 4 years."

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