Ellie, 11, celebrates tenth anniversary of liver transplant

Ellie, 11, celebrates tenth anniversary of liver transplant

Philip Dewey

Ellie, 11, celebrates tenth anniversary of liver transplant
Ellie Lloyd, 11, with her mum Nikki, godmother Christine, step-mum Erica and godmother Alison.

Ellie Lloyd is just like any other girl who loves pop music, singing and dressing up, but unlike most girls she had a difficult start to life.

Ellie is celebrating the tenth anniversary of her liver transplant today and her family will be holding an event in Windsor tomorrow to mark the occasion.

The 11-year-old was diagnosed with liver disease at five weeks old, and at nine months old her parents Nikki Craig, 38, and Steve Lloyd, 43, were told that she would need a liver transplant.

Nikki said: "She was bright yellow and didn't grow, she was wearing three-to-six month clothing when she was 14 months old."

Ellie's transplant took place at Kings College London on August 25, 2002, and was successful. She still goes for regular check ups every six months but there have been no complications.

The former Dedworth Green First School pupil lives with Nikki and her step-dad, Wayne, 45, in East Crescent, Windsor.

'Celebrate Ellie' will take place at Windsor Football Club, Stag Meadow, off St Leonard's Road, Windsor, tomorrow from noon to 10pm.

There will be a range of activities for the family such as a bouncy castle, rowing challenge, children's nail salon, face painting, lucky dip, penalty shootout, disco and more. Catering will be provided by Woody's between 3pm and 7pm.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to the Children's Liver Disease Foundation, which helped Ellie and her family during her transplant.

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