TWO generous mystery donors have dug deep to help a young Ballymoney family’s bid to get a diagnosis for their daughter whose condition has baffled Northern Ireland’s top doctors.
Little Aaliyah Cochrane is unable to walk or communicate and despite dozens of medical consultations her parents Aaron and Kim have yet to be given a reason why.
The Times recently told how the four-year-old has lacked motor-neurone functions since birth and requires round-the-clock attention.
She has undergone dozens of medical assessments - including MRI scans - but as yet the cause of her condition remains a mystery.
Aaron previously said a diagnosis would enable doctors to finally begin focusing on delivering the specific care required for the cause of Aaliyah’s condition.
He hopes experts at the world-renowned children’s hospital Great Ormond Street in London can help.
However, as Aaliyah has not been diagnosed with a specific condition the NHS wouldn’t cough up to fly the family to England for a consultation.
Thanks to the actions of two men who read of the family’s plight, little Aaliyah is set for what could be life-changing appointments in London.
One man - who wishes to remain anonymous - has pledged to cover the cost of flights for the family to England while another - who also didn’t want to be named - has donated £1,000.
Liz Lamont of Ma Kellys broke the good news to the couple at the bar on Friday evening.
“I was in total shock,” Aaron told the Times.
“I have no idea who the men are but hopefully they will read this and I just want to say a massive than you to them.
“I honestly can’t believe it.
“Also a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us to date.”
Kind-hearted friends and family in the Ballymoney area have also been digging deep in recent weeks.
“All together there is about £3,000 in the trust fund now,” said Aaron.
“It has been overwhelming.
“What money isn’t used will be donated to Great Ormond Street or Sandleford School in Coleraine so it will go towards a good cause.”
Aaron said a diagnosis could be life-changing for the whole family:
“I always think it’s a good sign when things come back clear but in the end you want to know what you are dealing with so you can move forward.”