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Our Children

Be Brave Bears is a charitable organisation run by volunteers who send personalised keepsake bears to children who are terminally ill or have life limiting conditions. Each of our bears is sponsored by businesses, groups or families, meaning these bears are free of charge to the children. Once complete each bear is placed in a special keepsake bag and given to the child complete with a numbered certificate. Once the child has received their bear the sponsor will receive a thank you photograph via e-mail of the completed bear and a sponsorship certificate with the name of the child who you have sponsored. Each bear is allocated a number and will appear on our Roll of Honour. If the child on this page has already been sponsored, but due to the timing of the previous sponsorship it has not yet been removed from this area, your sponsorship will be automatically allocated to the child next on the list (Priority order). This seldom happens but we must highlight that it can occur.

Chloe O'Neill

Age 1

Hospital: Birmingham Childrens Hospital

Note: Bear pictured may not be the bear given to the child (most of the time it is though)

Chloe O'Neill’s Medical condition...

Chloe was born 12 weeks and 4 days early along with her identical twin Phoebe. Phoebe passed away at 4 days old. Chloe had a grade 4 bilateral bleed on the brain at 2 days old which caused a blockage and she developed hydrocephalus, she was on a ventilator for 3 weeks and then oxygen for 11 weeks. She had her first brain surgery at 6 weeks old to fit a reservoir and then a shunt at 12 weeks. After a long scary 15 weeks Chloe was discharged from neonatal and got to come home, 3 weeks later however at 18 weeks she developed ecoli meningitis in her shunt which spread to her brain, she was back in hospital for 7 weeks, spending 2 weeks in ICU, 2 emergency brain surgeries, collapsed lung, seizures lasting 2 hours, back on a ventilator and sedated and paralysed. Chloe recovered and cane home at 6 months old without a shunt, her head continued to grow and further brain surgery performed when she turned 1 which failed so a shunt was placed a month later. Chloe has since been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and severe brain damage called encephalomalacia. She is also completely deaf from the meningitis and awaiting cochlear implant. She has a small hole in her heart. Chloe also has global developmental delay. She is 22 months old and mentally and physically more like a 6-9 month old. She cannot sit unaided, nor crawl or walk...yet! Despite all this Chloe is still making progress with milestones and is the super happiest baby ever and is adores by everyone she meets and I am so proud that I can call myself her mommy, she is a superstar!

A bit about Chloe O'Neill...

Chloe loves people, the more the merrier, she loves holding people's hands and playing with them. She likes mirrors and books that she can hold and also loves her ring stacker toy (well taking all the rings off). She loves being outside in her pushchair taking her big brother to school and back and enjoys the environment (leaves on trees etc).

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