Violet Seymour will be off to collect her Inspirational Child award in London on 7 September. The 2023 awards are run by WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children, in association with GSK, a science-led global healthcare company.
Violet, who has severe health problems resulting from a brain condition called chiari malformation, was picked from 100s of nominations from across the UK to win the category of Inspirational Child, in these awards which celebrate the resilience of children and young people living with serious illnesses or complex medical needs and honour the dedication of those individuals who go the extra mile to help them.
Born with a brain condition, in five years Violet has undergone multiple brain surgeries and other medical procedures to manage ongoing problems. Violet now has to cope with hydrocephalus, a damaged spinal cord, a condition called neuropathic bladder and breathing problems. With frequent infections she continues to miss time at school and with her friends which she finds hard.
Despite this Violet doesn’t complain but when in hospital prefers to ask after the other children and last year even secretly donated some of her own Christmas presents to others. She remains ambitious and keen to try new things, such as gymnastics, even though she knows it will be challenging.
Violet’s mother, Holly Kieser, nominated her for a WellChild Award to recognise her daughter for facing adversity with courage, kindness and humility. She said: “Violet is the bravest girl I know. In spite of her own problems, she always thinks of other poorly children first and tries to make things better for them. She’s determined to live life to the full and not be ashamed of things like her stoma bag so she can show people that inclusion is important.”
Although her brain condition is currently stable, Violet’s family know that this can change at any time and she may need further operations.
WellChild chief executive, Matt James said: “The number of children and young people in the UK living with long term, complex medical needs is growing. The WellChild Awards 2023, in association with GSK, will be a unique opportunity to recognise the immense challenges they have faced and to celebrate their remarkable positivity, resilience and spirit, which is an inspiration to us all. It will also help us to shine a light on the dedication of those around them, from siblings and parent carers, to the professionals who have gone above and beyond to give them the very best chance to thrive in life.”
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