East Lismore's Becky and Rodney Holland, with Tobias and Eleanor Faith.
East Lismore's Becky and Rodney Holland, with Tobias and Eleanor Faith. Contributed

Eleanor will get to eat her first meal in two years time

THANKS to 169 supporters, an online campaign to help Lismore girl Eleanor Faith Holland eat her first meal in two years has reached its $15,000 goal.

The Pozible campaign still has five days to go.

Tube feeding

Five-year-old Eleanor was born with spina bifida and Arnold Chiari ii (brain) Malformation, and she needs to be weaned off tube-feeding through Lively Eaters Feeding Services in Adelaide.

Currently Eleanor vomits multiple times a day, but she has a chance to boost her growth and development by taking to solid food, as doctors have recommended.

Her parents Rodney and Becky Holland said they were thankful to every single person who had contributed to their Pozible campaign.

Parents grateful

"We wouldn't be able to do this without support," Mr Holland said.

"As a father, it's been hard for me to admit that we needed help, that I couldn't do this for my family on my own.

"We didn't expect to reach our goal so quickly, but it's lovely - people have been so generous.

"Eleanor does have a back story there with her medical challenges, but she's such a happy, friendly child.

"She comes across so beautifully despite what she's been through.

"We love celebrating her achievements.

"Eleanor is a little fighter.

"She's only 5, but she inspires me. I think those are the reasons why people have donated for her."

Needs to eat solid foods

Mr Holland said it was "really important" for Eleanor to be able to eat solid foods once again.

"She does throw up a lot and for her to be able to feed herself, normally, will be so good for her future," he said.

"What we're aiming to do is use the Pozible fundraising money to pay for our hospital stay in Adelaide for this intensive program to help her eat again.

"We've had initial consultations on Skype with the specialist team and we have a tentative date in February to go to Adelaide."

The Pozible campaign continues until Thursday and Mr Holland said any extra money raised above the $15,000 would be used for Eleanor's ongoing medical costs.



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