Pub regulars rally round for girl’s appeal

Victoria with her parents Dariusz and Marzena. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Victoria with her parents Dariusz and Marzena. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Regulars at a Woodton pub have dug deep and given more than £1,000 to help save the legs of a little girl, who otherwise faces a double leg amputation as a result of a one in a million deformity.

Fifteen-month-old Victoria Komada, from north Norwich, needs to raise £300,000 by her second birthday to pay for surgery to correct her legs. This surgery is only available in America. She was born with bilateral tibial hemimilia, a condition affecting the bones in her legs and leaving her unable to walk. Doctors in the UK cannot operate on her and suggested a double amputation was the only option, but parents Dariusz Komada and Marzena Drusewicz are determined to help their daughter. After hearing of their story staff at the King’s Head in Woodton decided to put a fundraising tin on the bar.

Their total of £1,024 was boosted by £700 in donations to regular Ian Burrage, 50, who completed a dry September.

“I really do want to make this an ongoing thing, they have got such a long way to go,” said landlady Tracey Karache. “The majority of the money was from one of our customers, Ian, doing dry September.

“He made a point of being in the pub every night so everyone could see he wasn’t drinking. That brought in £700 of the total, and we had some very generous people. When the customers in the pub heard about her story and saw a photo of her they went all out for her.

“She is beautiful, and a little girl desperate for a pair of legs is something I think everyone would put their hands in their pockets for.

“It is so easy to get this sort of money together if everyone gets on board.

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“If every pub in the local area put one of these tins on their bar, and everyone put £1, imagine how quickly they would get the money they need.”

To donate to Victoria visit www.justgiving/crowdfunding/victoria-komada