The mum of a 10-year-old girl with a condition which causes the growth of tumours on her nerves has said she was in tears after a paramedic’s kind gesture to her daughter.
Haylie McMillan was first diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis type 1 in 2015 and has since had five tumours, the most concerning in her head and and nerves on her face and neck.
The youngster had to be taken by ambulance to A&E in Larbert on Tuesday night after experiencing severe pain in her ear and told the paramedics – Alistair and Alison – about her love of animals.
The following morning, Haylie’s mum Mary-Jane woke up to a letter from Alistair, which included two passes to Edinburgh Zoo and “touched her heart”.
The letter said: “Your girls talked excitedly about lots of animals while in the ambulance and that they had never been to Edinburgh Zoo before. It’s an expensive day out so I thought this would help a wee bit.
“Your family really is a credit to you and Haylie is an amazingly strong wee girl. I wish you the absolute best in terms of getting the treatment she needs.”
Mary-Jane added: “The paramedics were fantastic. It really touched my heart that this person thought of myself and family. I was in absolute tears reading his letter because of [the] kindness.
“He has restored my faith in humanity. Haylie has had it rough the past few months and I would just like them to be recognised.”