Evie is looking to the future thanks to the Free Press

Annmarie Snedker, is thankful to the Free Press after reading an article that has helped her daughter Evie Crooks, 16 months. Picture: Marie Caley D3337MC
Annmarie Snedker, is thankful to the Free Press after reading an article that has helped her daughter Evie Crooks, 16 months. Picture: Marie Caley D3337MC

A MOTHER is crediting the Free Press with turning her daughter’s life around after reading an article that unlocked the key to her medical condition.

Alarm bells started ringing for concerned mum Annmarie Snedker when her daughter Evie could still not sit up at nine-months-old.

After countless doctor’s appointments little Evie, now 16 months, was diagnosed as having brachycephaly - also known as flat head syndrome - a condition that can affect one in three babies.

Doctors reassured full-time mum Annmarie, 37, of Edlington, that the condition should correct itself, but when her daughter was still not improving she did not know where to turn.

Annmarie said: “I was feeling really down. Doctors were saying it was more of a cosmetic problem and should go away but to me the shape of her head must have been putting pressure on her brain.

“The condition can cause development problems and I also hated the though of my daughter being bullied and going through the emotional trauma because she looked different.

“My mother-in-law showed me an article she had seen in the Free Press about a little boy with the same condition whose parents had been to a clinic in Leeds and had a helmet fitted.”

After contacting the Steeper Clinic in Leeds, Annmarie and her partner Simon Crooks, 38, forked out £2,000 for a STARband - a cranial remoulding orthosis - to help realign her skull.

Annmarie now wants the helmets to be made available on the NHS.

“She has really improved since having the helmet fitted and I’m really grateful to the Free Press.”

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