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Young East End girl who suffered a brain injury to go to America for cutting-edge treatment

PUBLISHED: 14:36 19 April 2011

Ruby with her friends Tom, Iommi, Audrey, Milla and Agnes

Ruby with her friends Tom, Iommi, Audrey, Milla and Agnes

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A young girl who beat the odds in surviving a serious brain injury is to travel to America for a year of cutting-edge treatment.

Six-year-old Ruby Lambert will go to the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia where it is hoped she will re-learn how to walk, talk and eat after losing those functions a year ago.

The treatment - which costs £300,000 and has no equivalent in the UK - was only made possible by the hundreds of donations from East Enders, businesses and friends touched by Ruby’s story.

Last April, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl suffered massive heart failure after being surprised by a fire alarm at her Islington school.

It was later discovered that she had an incredibly rare heart rhythm disorder called CPVT.

The quick-thinking actions of teaching assistant Melanie Scott in giving her CPR and the speedy response from London’s Air Ambulance crew saved her life.

Earlier this month, Ruby and her parents Simon Lambert and Catherine Newell visited the LAA crew at their Whitechapel base with a cheque for almost £2,000.

The brave youngster was also reunited with Ms Scott and the doctors and nurses at The Royal London hospital who treated her.

Mr Lambert said: “Catherine and I can’t put into words our gratitude for the amazing gift that the air ambulance team gave us. We are desperately in need of money to pay for Ruby’s treatment in the US, but there was no way we could not acknowledge the support the team gave to Ruby when she needed it most.”

Earlier this year, the family organised a huge fundraising bash with artworks for auction from leading artists, food and drink from local businesses and kids’ entertainment.

While £42,000 was raised, the family still needs more than £250,000 for the treatment in Philadelphia.

Go to one4ruby.com to make a donation.

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