Employees at the Norwich branch of high street broker Swinton
Insurance will help raise funds for a 15-month-old girl who is at risk of amputation due to an extremely rare medical condition.
The Eastern Daily Press
reported that nine members of the Swinton
staff will take turns on an exercise bike next week and cycle 300 miles for the benefit of Victoria Komada, who was born with bilateral tibial hemililia.
Komada’s condition manifests as a shortened leg with knee and ankle deformities and occurs in one in every million births.
According to crowdfunding page started by Swinton
customer service manager Debbie Girling, Komada needs £300,000 before June 2017 for an operation that will give her the best chance to stand on her own feet.
Girling lamented that funds previously raised for Komada were stolen from her family’s shop in Norwich. This prompted the insurance staff to help her.
“I saw the story and I had been looking for something we can all do as a team,” Girling told the Eastern Daily Press
. “We wanted to support something local, and this story just made me so sad.
“If we can at least improve her quality of life we will have done something,” she added. “This callous person who stole the money is just awful. We also want to show the family there are good people out there, and we are here as a community to help and support them.”
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