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Much to learn: Bossley Park mum Louisa Silva says life would be much different for herself and daughter Mia without the help of disability service provider Northcott; Image source: Fairfield Champion

Much to learn: Bossley Park mum Louisa Silva says life would be much different for herself and daughter Mia without the help of disability service provider Northcott; Image source: Fairfield Champion

BOSSLEY Park mum Louisa Silva is well placed to serve in her new role as client ambassador for disability service provider Northcott.

Fairfield Champion reported that her three-year-old daughter Mia was born with rare conditions that have required a great deal of attention since she drew her first breath.

“Mia was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, pulmonary atresia, pulmonary hypertension, subglottic stenosis and left vocal cord palsy,” Ms Silva said.

“At eight months of age she got a tracheostomy, which involved surgeons cutting a hole in her windpipe and putting a tube in to help her breathe. Earlier this year she also had major surgery to reconstruct her airways.

“These were all big words I was faced with as a single mum and most of them I did not understand.”

Ms Silva’s experiences were not uncommon as a parent of a child diagnosed with disabilities, nor were her responses to the diagnosis.

Interview with Louisa Silva:

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