Former patient running two half-marathons for Sick Kids
A Berwick woman who was told she may never be able to walk properly is running two half-marathons to raise money for the Edinburgh Children's Hospital.
Nikki Robertson was born with a medical condition called hydrocephalus, which is caused by a build-up of fluid on the brain and can be fatal if left untreated.
Her parents were told that her quality of life could be severely impacted and it took two attempts until an operation to fit a shunt to drain excess fluid from her brain was successful.
The 29-year-old, originally from Ayton, has defied the doctors’ predictions, however, and has decided to take up the challenge of running two half-marathons – the Edinburgh Half-Marathon on Sunday, May 27, and the Simply Health Great North Run on Sunday, September 9.
And she is appealing for sponsors to help her raise money for a well-known, but needy, charity.
Nikki, who works for Berwickshire Housing Association, said: “I am taking up both challenges in aid of the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, or Sick Kids as it is fondly known.
“Throughout my childhood I spent a considerable amount of time in Edinburgh at the hospital.
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“At birth, I was diagnosed with a condition called hydrocephalus which is a build-up of fluid on the brain.
“This excess fluid puts pressure on the brain which can damage it.
“The normal treatment is to be fitted with a shunt which is what I have.
“My illness resulted in regular and emergency trips to the hospital and many overnight stays for me whilst receiving treatment.
“I would love to be able to give them something back.”
If you would like to sponsor Nikki, visit her charity page: https://teamechc.everydayhero.com/uk/Nikkis-Two-half-marathons-for-the-Sick-Kids