Sayde all smiles for Woolies ambassador role

TEN-MONTH-OLD Sayde Stone has undergone two major surgeries, spent months in hospital in Brisbane and pushed through months of therapy, but you wouldn't know it by looking at her.

Mum Sarah Stone said even through tonsillitis, infections and health complications brought on by a compromised immune system, little Sayde would still be smiling.

At six-weeks-old, after breathing described as "like Darth Vader", she was diagnosed with Laryngomalacia, or as her mum says, "a floppy airway".

 

Sayde Stone is the Toowoomba Woolworths ambassador for 2016, supporting the Children's Hospital Foundation. Sayde with her mother Sarah Stone.
Sayde Stone is the Toowoomba Woolworths ambassador for 2016, supporting the Children's Hospital Foundation. Sayde with her mother Sarah Stone. Bev Lacey

The condition meant for Sayde, every breath could end in an airway collapse.

After a 10-week period of repeated hospitalisations and emergency ambulances trips to Brisbane, her second surgery at 15 weeks was deemed a success.

Surgeons cut away excess tissue from around her throat, allowing the airways to open.

Mrs Stone stayed on the hospital ward and at the Ronald McDonald House during that time.

"Over winter, every time cold air hit her airwaves they could close. She would choke and gasp in her sleep," Mrs Stone said.

"She'd go to bed and the next morning she'd get up and me and Sayde would be gone," she said.

Her husband Nathan looked after Mia during that time.

"We were in Brisbane for two weeks at one stage and it was heartbreaking," she said.

"As a mum you want to be with both your kids."

Mia Stone, Sayde's big sister.
Mia Stone, Sayde's big sister. Bev Lacey

While in Lady Cilento's Children's Hospital, Sayde was filmed for a sick kids telethon ad.

"We were still on the ward when the hospital approached us," she said.

He story has been further highlighted now Sayde is the Woolworths Toowoomba ambassador for 2016.

The role helps raise money for the Children's Hospital Foundation.

An Easter fundraising campaign runs at Woolworths stores until April 4. Shoppers can buy a $2 token to support the foundation.

Sarah Stone with her daughters Mia (left) and Sayde Stone.
Sarah Stone with her daughters Mia (left) and Sayde Stone. Bev Lacey


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