A brave three-year-old Harrogate girl born with the inherited kidney disorder, congenital nephrotic syndrome, was taken to Lapland to meet Santa, thanks to Make-A-Wish® UK.
Mia Mason had to undergo a kidney transplant just before Christmas last year which meant she missed out on Christmas at home, so this year, her Christmas wish was granted when she was transported to a snowy winter wonderland in Lapland.
Mia and her family were kitted out in thermal clothing before being treated to a husky ride. They met some of the reindeer and elves, rode skidoos and got to look around Santa’s workshop.
Mia’s mum Sammi said: “The wish has meant a lot to the whole family. We haven’t been able to have a weekend away before because of Mia’s condition, so it was wonderful for us to be able to get on a plane and create such special memories together.”
“From the day she was born to her eventual kidney transplant, Mia was never out of hospital for more than two days. Her kidneys failed completely when she was two years old, but she was lucky and a matching donor was found in November 2014.
“The transplant went well but she will be on lifelong immune suppressants to make sure her body does not reject the kidney.”
Sammi continued: “The wish has given Mia the chance to do something normal, that she wouldn’t usually be able to do, which is fantastic.
“She was so excited in the run up to the wish and just loved every minute of the experience.”
There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition and over 1,000 of them will turn to Make-A-Wish this year.
We want to grant a wish to every eligible child, but can’t do that without the generosity of the public.
Make-A-Wish receives no government funding – so every donation really does count.
To make a donation or refer a child to Make-A-Wish, visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or call 01276 405070.