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8 year old Mia’s progress is the best Christmas gift for loved ones

Shortly after Mia Summers, from Yeovil, was born in September 2009, mum Jazz, knew something was terribly wrong and rushed her into hospital.

Desperate with worry, the family waited anxiously for test results and the news that followed was devastating. Mia had brain damage, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

“I honestly cannot tell you what else was said as I was a complete mess after the words were spoken. You just don’t think it will ever happen to you. They said the brain damage was so bad that Mia wouldn’t be able to do much at all. I was on edge for a very long time.” said Jazz.

Mia listening therapy

Mia listening to mum Jazz

Jazz is very honest about what life has been like since,

“Life has been a struggle. I am still surprised that the NHS are not able to provide the support she needs or provide me with the guidance I need to give Mia a better life.

“It was a friend of mine who suggested I take Mia to bibic, so we went for a consultation about 6 months ago for the first time.  In all the years, we had never had such a comprehensive assessment of Mia. It was wonderful. I was given an individualised therapy programme for me to do at home with Mia; for the first time since she was born, I knew what I could do to make her life better.”

Just over 6 months later, and bibic were delighted to welcome back Mia for her reassessment last week.

“Hello Mia” –  it was wonderful to see Mia turn to look towards where the voice had come from.  She looked into the face of therapist Graham as if to say ‘hello’ back.

And Mia continued to wow everybody with her incredible progress; she was happily sitting upright for long periods of time and when trying to get her to stand previously, Mia was very reluctant to keep her feet to the floor for any length of time.  Amazingly, this time she stood with a small amount of support around her feet and hips for 5 minutes at a time.  Gran welled up as mum Jazz said, ‘I’ve never seen her stand for so long!’.  Mia and mum Jazz are clearly working well together and their hard work, along with the support of her family is really paying off. bibic can’t wait to see what mischief Mia gets up to in 6 months time.

During Mia’s recent visit, some very special guests popped in to say hello with a Christmas sack full of exciting therapy gifts for the team to use.  Cityscape Recruitment from Hertfordshire have recently nominated bibic as their Charity of the Year and were delighted to meet Mia and her family,

“We’ve had a lovely day meeting Mia and everybody at bibic. We felt we had a good understanding of the work you did before we came, but actually coming to visit and seeing first-hand made us realise we didn’t know the half of it! The work you do is amazing, and we are more determined than ever to help you further next year and beyond.” said Becs Hulmston, from Cityscape Recruitment.

Mia therapy Cityscape

Mia opening Cityscape’s presents with mum and baby brother, while therapist Graham look on.

Emma James, Corporate Fundraiser for bibic said,

“We’re delighted that Cityscape have chosen to support bibic and their gifts for therapy will make a huge difference to the children that come to us for help.  This demonstrates how powerful a corporate partnership with bibic can be.”

Mia’s last 2 assessments have been made possible thanks to the amazing generosity of the Jemima Layzell Trust, passionate about helping improve the lives of young people with brain injuries.

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