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Ellie was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Spina Bifida is where the spine and spinal cord don't develop properly in the womb, causing a gap in the spine. This can cause a number of difficulties including weakness or paralysis of the legs. Many babies with Spina Bifida also develop Hydrocephalus which, as in Ellie's case, sometimes needs an operation to insert a tube that drains excess fluid from the brain.
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"AIKENHEAD, AITKENHEAD. From the old barony of Aikenhead in Lanarkshire. Gilbert de Lakenheued (= Aikenhead with the French definite article L' prefixed) of the county of Lanark rendered homage for his lands in 1296 (Bain, n, 808). In 1872 the lands of Akynheuide in the sheriffdom of Lanark were confirmed to John de Maxwell by King Robert n (RMS., i, 450). In the same year Convallus de Akinhead witnessed a grant of the lands of Auchmarr to Walter de Buchanan (Lavcnax, p. 59). (This Convallus evidently has been named after St. Convall, disciple of St. Kentigern, who afterwards became patron saint of the parish of Inchinnan.) William de Akynheued was bailie of the burgh of Rutherglen in 1376 (ER., n, p. 537), and a later William de Akinhede was a notary public in Irvine in 1444 (Irvine, i, p. 7). In 1489 remission was granted to three individuals named Akynhed who, with a number of others, held the Castle of Dumbarton against the king (APS., xn, p. 34). So late as 1509 we have mention of a payment to John of Akynheyd (LCD., p. 208). The surname, as might be expected, is common in Lanarkshire, particularly around Glasgow. The saintly Leighton is said to have made the following pun on a Lord Provost of Edinburgh of this name, who had "many pimples on his face," "If what is said were justly said, That's Head of Aiken timber's made, His fyrie face had long agoe Sett all his head in blazing glow." (Coltness Collections, p. 22) A quite different version is given in Butler's Life and letters of Robert Leighton, p. 55. Aickinhed 1488, Aickinheid 1585, Aikynhead 1513, Akinhed 1501, Akinheid 1508, Akynheid 1521, Akynhede 1450, Akheid 1528, Auchinhead 1513, Aukinhead 1632, Eakinheid 1615. Other forms are: Aikenheid, Aikinheid, Akenhede, and Aitkynheid. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)
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