A four-year-old schoolgirl who was seconds from death is nearing a return to Luton and Dunstable Hospital as her condition continues to improve.
Ava Mear, 4, suffered four heart attacks just 12 hours after falling ill in the night and failed to show signs of life after 45 minutes of CPR.
The Caddington Village School pupil’s parents Clive and Mary-Jane were told by surgeons that they should say goodbye to their daughter, before the four-year-old made an unlikely recovery.
Ava remains at Great Ormond Street Hospital but is due to be assessed for a return closer to home at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, a major milestone in her rehabilitation.
The four-year-old initially fell ill after suffering from the most serious form of strep A infection, developed from a bout of tonsillitis.
Clive Mear said: “It will be great for her to be transferred as then she knows she is closer to home. More friends and family will also be able to visit her.
“Travelling back and forth to London has been a real strain and Mary-Jane has only spent one night at home since Ava was taken in.”
During her extended hospital stay, which has now in its ninth week, Caddington villagers have banded around Ava’s parents and 10-year-old brother Alfie.
Clive said: “The support we have had from everyone has been simply amazing. In a small village you would think that it would be talked about and then bottom off but if anything the momentum seems to be ever increasing.
“A couple of Ava’s friends have visited her and her teacher Rowena Baldwin put together an audio tape of students singing for her. Everyone at the school and in the village have looked out for Alfie as well, it has been tough for him.”