Girl, 9, with long Covid raises Tom Moore-style charity challenge

Emily Saville lost her mobility and is continuing to suffer from the effects of Long Covid three months on, having been initially told by medical staff to “ride out” her symptoms. She still needs a wheelchair or a walker to get around, but the schoolgirl decided she wants to give something back. She has already raised more than £2,000 for NHS Charities Together by doing laps of her garden using a walker. Emily will continue until she can complete one lap unaided.

Her dad Chris Saville, 42, who lives near Yeovil, Somerset, said: “Emily first contracted Covid in September. She just woke up one day with a bit of a cough and cold and we thought we best get it checked. She had a positive result, and was a bit poorly and had difficulty breathing, but nothing too severe. Three days later she suddenly was in excruciating pain and could not move without screaming in agony.”

Emily was rushed to hospital where her family was told it was “just Covid” – but back at home she remained in pain. She was re-admitted to Yeovil District Hospital in November where she stayed for 13 days.

When she was discharged, her left side was so weak she could not walk unaided or carry out basic tasks. Chris added: “She has not been able to enjoy life since, so we want to raise awareness of Long Covid in children. It is very cruel and we just don’t know how it is going to go.”

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