Sophie smiles for Good Friday Appeal

THANKS to the dedicated staff at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, Sale’s Sophie McGrath no longer has cause to bang her head against walls.

Seven weeks ago, the 18-month-old underwent bifrontal orbital advancement surgery, or, in layman’s terms, a type of skull reconstruction, to correct the narrowing of her triangular-shaped forehead.

Sophie was born with craniosynostosis, a rare condition where plates in the skull fuse before birth not allowing enough space for the growing brain.

Since the surgery Sophie has become more curious and more involved in the world around her.

But, more importantly, mother Kate said, “She’s just not as frustrated, she’s not head banging things.”

Kate said she noticed the change immediately.

She said, throughout the journey, she received excellent support from Craniosynostosis Australia, a support group on Facebook for families with children with craniosynostosis.

She encourages people to dig deep and donate to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal to help children like Sophie.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.