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The 15-month-old was born with a large gap in her food pipe, making her unable to eat and has to be fed through a button on her belly.

Her mother Sweety, 29, of Westmead, is pleading with the federal government to fund a $1.2 million trip to the Children’s Hospital Boston so Twisha can receive life-saving Foker treatment. It involves placing the child in an induced coma for up to a month while doctors gradually thread the ends of the oesophagus closer together, finally connecting them. Recovery time in hospital can be up to six months.

Her application through the Medical Treatment Overseas Program was turned down partly because alternative treatments are available here, but Ms Makwana says these would mean a lifetime of care for the toddler who has already had 19 operations…

Read the full article at: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/girl-who-could-be-killed-by-food/story-e6freuy9-1226360957882

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