Race against time for mum and daughter

A mother and daughter left virtually housebound by the same devastating condition are facing a race against time to pay for life-changing surgery.

Ellie Gray was an active 12-year-old who loved school, rode horses and swam three times a week when she was diagnosed with a Chiari malformation – where the lower part of the brain extends into the spinal canal.

The news came just months after her mum Janine was diagnosed with exactly the same condition.

The pair, from East Boldon, South Tyneside, have also now been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare condition which causes the joints to dislocate.

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