Community helps grant a wish for family needing diagnosis
MARYBOROUGH mum Julie Polzin's only Christmas wish was granted by the community this week to help her sick daughter get the diagnosis and treatment she needs.
In less than 24 hours, the community raised $1020; enough money to help Julie pay for an appointment with a brain specialist, to find some answers about 15-year-old Shaniqua's mysterious illness.
When Julie started noticing some changes in her daughter's head shape and behaviour a year ago, she immediately went from one doctor to another and asked for tests to be done, to figure out what might be wrong with Shaniqua.
"Our doctor said it might be Multiple Sclerosis or Vasculitis, but we would have to see a neurologist to be sure," Julie said.
An appointment with a neurologist was booked for April next year, however the girl's health began to decline further in November when she had a fall.
Shaniqua's doctor requested she be put on the cancellation list, and her appointment was moved to today.
Shaniqua's appointment will cost her mother $390 upfront.
"I was sort of praying it wouldn't happen because I knew I didn't have the money," her mother said.
"But now thanks to everyone we'll be able to afford the gap and another appointment in January."