Concerned parents are hoping to raise cash so they can help their toddler overcome a rare disorder that has left her too terrified – to EAT.
Little Evie Bigwood, two, has to take all her meals through a feeding tube, because she vomits every time she tries to eat solid food.
Now her parents Charlie and Jonny are appealing for help to fund a trip to an Austrian eating clinic later this month, after NHS experts failed to find a solution.
Charlie, from Burgess Hill, West Sussex, said: “She would have lots of vomiting and reflux problems, and she would be quite distressed when it came to feeding.
“Whenever we tried solid food she would gag and choke.
“She had multiple admissions to hospital because she would get dehydrated.
“Over about 18 months she developed a real fear of eating.
“It’s been very distressing and worrying.”
The NHS have advised Charlie and Jonny, both 28, to take little Evie to a special two-week clinic in Austria to cure her phobia.
But the clinic that will see 20 families with similar problems come together to wean their children off their feeding tubes costs a whopping £6,000.
Charlie and Jonny have managed to muster together enough money for the flights and accommodation themselves, but are still short.
To help the couple feed their child, please visit the family’s fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/helpevieeat