A BRAVE young girl from Seaforth has starred in a social media campaign to normalise colostomy bags for children.
Jessica Dowle, who is five years old, suffered from chronic constipation so had a stoma procedure, which is when an opening is created in the abdomen to provide an alternate way for waste materials to leave the body. When being cared for at the hospital, Jessica was given a ‘Buttony Bear’ which also has a colostomy so the child doesn’t feel alone.
She has raised more than £1,400 to help other children who are being cared for at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and has sponsored 34 Buttony Bears for other children so far!
She is featured in this adorable TikTok showing youngsters showing off their colostomy bags in daywear then switching to pyjamas – with Jessica showing off her Buttony Bear in the clip!
The Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School pupil has a Facebook group called Jessica’s Stoma Journey which has already attracted more than 1,200 followers.
Jessica’s mum, Kimberley, said: “Jessica made a video to raise awareness that kids have stomas too and we included two more little girls, Poppy and Ava, who also have stomas too. The video has hit 9,000 views on Facebook on Jessicas stoma journey and 2.5k views on Twitter @journeystoma featuring the song, This is Me.
“Jessica has now sponsored 34 Buttony Bears and lovely ladies from the Red Rose Ladies of Harley raised money for 15 more bears and handed them over to Jessica to give to the neonatal unit at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for the babies who have needed bowel surgery. Jessica also handed over £624 to Alder Hey in March!”
To watch the video, go to Facebook and search for ‘Jessica’s stoma journey.’
To donate to Jessica’s cause, visit the website https://www.justgiving.com and search for ‘Kimberley Lucock.’