A four-year-old girl from New Zealand has travelled 12,000 miles to Birmingham to wait for a life-saving bowel transplant.
Madison Merrick, who was born with her bowel outside her body, could face years away from her family as she undergoes treatment.
Madison and her 22-year-old mother Alana, flew to Birmingham from their home in Auckland in May 2013 because the surgery the youngster needs is not available in her own country.
She is being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which has an international reputation for transplant work.
However Madison could have to wait a year or more for an organ to become available, then for at least a further six months after the procedure to ensure her body does not reject it.
Despite being thousands of miles away from home, Alana says they will both stay in Birmingham for as long as it takes to find a bowel donor, so her daughter can have the chance of a normal life.
Her mother Alana said:
Her mother went on to say:
Alana is raising cash to help pay for living expenses as she is not eligible to work in Britain.
Her friend Joanne Franks, who made contact after following a Facebook appeal for Madison, is leading the campaign.