Woman having to learn to walk again vows to help others once more

A charity ambassador who is battling her way back from a debilitating brush with death is already helping children with cancer, despite her own struggles.

Haemophiliac Zoe McGough, 20, has lost the use of the left hand side of her body following a brain hemorrhage a year ago.

The bleed on the brain left her fighting for her life and stuck in intensive care for three months and in hospital for eight.

She is now out of hospital and back home in Mirfield but having to re-learn how to walk, talk, read and write.

Before her devastating medical episode she was a youth ambassador for the Haemophiliac Society, raising awareness of bleeding disorders and taking on fundraising projects.

Zoe was diagnosed when she seven years old after suffering from a lot of bruises in addition to frequent joint pain, and has been on twice a day treatment since then.

Zoe McGough from Mirfield
Zoe McGough from Mirfield

She said: “In July 2019 I had a brain hemorrhage which has left me unable to fully use the left hand side of my body including my arm and leg.

“I am now wishing to raise money to aid my recovery, the money raised will be put towards installing items around my house such as an upstairs toilet next to my room which will mean I no longer have to use a commode.

“During the surgery the doctors had to shave the left hand side of my head. It’s slowly but surely growing back but it has meant that the right side of my hair has grown very long.

“As a result I have decided to donate the longest parts of my hair to the Little Princess Trust to be made into real hair wigs for children and young people who have who lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

“Before my surgery I would regularly raise money for other people in need within the Haemophilia Society as a youth ambassidor.

“I hope that one day in the near future I can get back to raising money and helping others in a similar situation to me.”

A Gofundme has been launched to help Zoe’s recovery and reach her £5,000 target.


Yorkshire Live – Health