A JUVENILE arthritis suffering eight-year-old’s battle with the painful and debilitating chronic condition has inspired a group of Frodsham dads to take on the Three Peaks Challenge.
Frodsham Primary School pupil Elizabeth Prescott, eight, of Hill Field, Frodsham, was diagnosed with the disease – which affects her knees, hips, shoulders, her right elbow and ankle and her jaw and even leaves her vision blurred – at just two years old.
Mum Karen Prescott, 40, who sacrificed her career as a solicitor to care for her daughter, said: “I thought arthritis was something that my mum had.
“About 90% of children grow out of juvenile arthritis but you don’t know if you are going to be one of the lucky ones.
“Some are only affected for seven or eight years, some for all their lives.
“At first it affected her knee, she got out of bed and couldn’t walk.
“We took her to the doctors thinking she had kicked out and hurt her knee.
“Then it went in to her other knee, and the pain would last all day.
“Her joints have all been affected differently, her shoulder, hip, elbows, ankles and jaw.
“It’s had quite a big impact on her jaw and teeth.
“She also suffers from inflammation of the iris which gives her blurred vision and can cause blindness.”
Elizabeth’s condition is treated by receiving medication intravenously for two and a half hours every four weeks.
She also attends regular check ups and physiotherapy at the Countess of Chester hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
“Elizabeth has gone through various stages of treatment,” added Karen.
“It started with injections into the joints to avoid any long term damage.
“When she didn’t want the injections to be done it got difficult but you have to get on with it, you can’t give in.
“It’s been difficult but I wanted her life to be as normal as possible.
“You wish your children to be well and to take any pain away from them.”
The team of Frodsham dad’s, including Elizabeth’s dad Stuart, 39, a chartered surveyor, offered to attempt the gruelling three peaks challenge to raise money for the Athritis Research UK charity.
Karen said: “The use of the medication Elizabeth is on was achieved by the funding and work by Arthritis Research UK.
“It really is personal for us because we know the work they have done is benefiting Elizabeth now.
“She doesn’t let it stop her doing anything, she just gets on with it. She does really well to put up with it.
“We are really touched that they are all putting themselves out, it’s not like they are going for a walk in the park.”