Kayleigh beat the odds now she’s off to school

MCHG 12- 1051    Two years old Kayleigh Dobb photographed at her Hemel Hempstead home with mum, Naomi Payne and dad Peter Dobb. ENGPNL00120121218142424
MCHG 12- 1051 Two years old Kayleigh Dobb photographed at her Hemel Hempstead home with mum, Naomi Payne and dad Peter Dobb. ENGPNL00120121218142424

A girl who beat the odds after being born with a rare liver disease is set to start her first day at school next week.

Kayleigh Dobb from Marchmont Green, Hemel Hempstead, celebrates her fifth birthday on September 1 and two days later will start at Hammond Academy.

Kayleigh Dobb preparing for her first day at school, 2015

Kayleigh Dobb preparing for her first day at school, 2015

It is a day her parents feared she would never see as she was born with the rare disease biliary atresia. Early surgery proved unsuccessful and by the time she was 15 months old they were told her only hope was a transplant.

Mum Naomi said: “It was devastating. We were given the news in December and just spent the whole of Christmas hoping that it wouldn’t be her last and waiting for that phone call to say that a liver had been found and that the transplant could go ahead.”

Fortunately, the family did not have to wait long as Kayleigh’s transplant took place on December 28, 2011. Since then she has gone from strength to strength

Naomi added: “When we think of how poorly she was as a baby it’s fantastic to think that she has reached this milestone at the same time as everyone else.

“She still needs daily medication and regular check-ups but the school have been so supportive about her condition and Kayleigh is really excited about starting.”