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Mother welcomes home daughter who fought life threatening illness
5:00am Saturday 9th March 2013 in News
A WOMAN has been given the perfect Mother’s Day gift as her daughter prepares to return home two years after suffering a life threatening illness.
Chelsea Rowley, 16, was struck down by vasculitis of the central nervous system - which causes swollen blood vessels in the brain - in March 2011.
She was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, but was so ill she remained in a coma for a long time.
The youngster, from Shildon, County Durham, left hospital in May last year. She has since become a pupil at The Northern Counties School, in Newcastle, and her parents Alan and Julie and her brother Daniel, 14, travel to see her daily.
Chelsea was unable to return to the family home in Jubilee Road, Shildon, as it was not big enough to hold the necessary medical equipment.
Work is now being carried out on a larger house in Cedar Grove, Shildon, and Chelsea and her family hope to move in next month.
The teenager is to spend time with her family in Shildon on Mother’s Day.
Mrs Rowley said: “We can’t wait for Chelsea to come home. It will be great to have the family together again and it’s a great Mother’s Day present.
“Sometimes I feel a bit special for doing it but I think most other mothers would do the same.
“We’ve covered quite a few miles over the months. It’s been hard work but the family have all helped out and we’ve had great support from locals.”