Locals thanked for all their 

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A LOCAL Brechin girl has thanked hospital staff and the local community for the support she received during an eight-day stay at Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Hannah Church (12), who has scoliosis, underwent an operation to correct a Chiari type 1 formation that was discovered when she went for an MRI. The condition, also known as a high brain hernia, is an anomaly of the brain in which the cerebellar tonsils are elongated and pushed down through the opening of the base of the skull, blocking the flow of the spinal fluid. As a result, Hannah had to receive decompression surgery to allow the spinal fluid to flow correctly and ending up spending her 12th birthday in the hospital.

Hannah and her parents were overwhelmed by the generosity of people in Brechin and in Belfast, where her mother is from. Hannah is now recovering well at home and is looking forward to getting back to school, but she really wanted to thank all family, friends and neighbours for all the cards, gifts and support that she has received. She would also like to thank everyone for all their prayers.

She also thanked staff from Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children, including neurosurgeon Mr Keindasamy, the nurses in the High Dependency Unity and everyone in Ward 7, all the doctors, pain team and physiotherapists who helped with her recovery.

Hannah’s parents added their thanks to the Edinburgh Royal Sick Kids Friends Foundation who were a great help to the family during Hannah’s stay in hospital.