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Seven-Year-Old Girl Sells Lemonade To Help Fund Her Brain Surgeries

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Seven-Year-Old Girl Sells Lemonade To Help Fund Her Brain Surgeries

A seven-year-old girl in the US is selling lemonade to help fund her brain surgeries.

Liza Scott set up a stand outside her family's bakery in Homewood, Alabama, to drum up funds for live-saving treatment.

She suffered a seizure last month and was subsequently diagnosed with three rare cerebral malformations.

Liza is afraid she won't survive the surgeries. Credit: Mighty Cause
Liza is afraid she won't survive the surgeries. Credit: Mighty Cause
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Now she needs to undergo numerous brain operations, and while her fundraising efforts have inspired her community, Liza has admitted she is afraid she won't survive the surgeries.

Speaking to WIAT, she said: "I hope I make it.

"My mum keeps saying I'm going to, but I feel like I'm not."

On her fundraising page, mum Elizabeth said her family's 'lives and hearts were turned upside down' when Liza had her seizure.

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Since then, Elizabeth said her daughter's fundraising efforts had been inspirational.

She said: "If there is anyone who can take lemons and make it to the most amazing lemonade ever, it is Liza.

"Liza's love for lemonade has inspired this next journey as we travel to Boston Children's for the unimaginable - multiple brain surgeries.

"From the start Liza has taken the lemons thrown her way and shown us all that adding a little zest to life is what making lemonade is all about."

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Liza has shown she has a 'zest for life'. Credit: Mighty Cause
Liza has shown she has a 'zest for life'. Credit: Mighty Cause

Explaining the nature of her cerebral malformations, the fundraising page reads: "Neurologists and neurosurgeons at Children's [Hospital] in Birmingham uncovered multiple cerebral malformations in Liza's brain that require immediate attention to prevent further seizure, possible bleeding or haemorrhage, or stroke.

"In most every instance of these rare malformations doctors only see one malformation - in Liza's case she has 3 - the first a Schizencephaly (or cleft) - the second a Parietal Arteriovenous Malformation or AVM (you and I know it as an aneurysm) - and lastly, a Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (DAVM) - or very rare vascular condition where abnormal connections (fistulas) are made between branches of arteries and veins."

Clearly, her story has tugged at heartstrings, with her fundraising efforts bringing in more than $214,000 (£153,680) from more than 4,000 donors.

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Liza is due to undergo her first operation on 8 March.

You can visit her fundraising page here.

Featured Image Credit: Mighty Cause

Topics: Inspirational, US News, Community

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