A BUCHAN teenager has been raising funds to thank a hospital for making her better after doctors discovered she had a tumour.
Peterhead Academy pupil Darcie Laird was preparing to leave for a family wedding in Florida in March when she started to feel unwell.
Doctors found that she had a 14cm tumour on her ovary and rushed her to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Mum Claire says that the Darcie was looking forward to being a bridesmaid at her uncle’s wedding when she started to feel numbness around her belly button.
She said: “We took her to see a doctor on Monday and they rushed her straight to hospital in Aberdeen.
I dread to think what would have happened if we had gone on the flight to Florida.”
Darcie spent eight days in hospital but Claire says that her daughter was extremely brave.
“She just took it all in her stride,” says Claire, “I don’t think she really had time to worry as it all happened so quickly.”
Despite missing out on the family holiday, Darcie says that she is grateful to the doctors and nurses at ARI’s Ward 43 for saving her life.
She said: “My surgeon Dr Parkin was amazing. He made me feel so comfortable before I went into surgery.
“And one of the doctors from the sick kids kept coming to check on me. He even loaned me his iPad to keep me entertained.
I’d also really like to thank my family for helping me through.”
Darcie says Dad Stuart and brothers Stuart (4) and Zane (7) had been so supportive.
Darcie and Claire have raised more than £600 for ARI so far.
Hairdresser Claire has been selling raffles and giving away treatments while fellow fourth year pupils at Peterhead Academy held a free dress day raising more than £350.
Claire would like to organise a sponsored walk before the weather gets cooler and asks those interested to find her on Facebook.
Alternatively, would be fundraisers can contact Arran at The Buchanie on 01779 871324.