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Tough run for Goughs

A Blighty versus All Stars ladies football match is being held to support the Gough family, who have had a tough start to 2014.

CASS SAVELLIS May 16, 2014 3:50am

(Clockwise, from top left) Bruce, Steven, Sara who suffers from cerebral palsy, and Liz Gough.

The Deniliquin and Blighty communities have pulled together for local woman Liz Gough and her family, who have had a rough start to 2014.

Life changed for Liz on Friday, February 28 when she collapsed at the family’s Fawns Rd property near Blighty.

What her husband Bruce suspected to be a stroke turned out to be a medical mystery at the time, with some of the world’s best doctors at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital puzzled.

Liz has been at the Austin since the collapse and was recently diagnosed with epileptic myo-donic jerks, the cause of her involuntary movements in her limbs, face spasms and seizures.

Sister-in-law Jane Gough said it was a battle to find the cause and try to stop the ‘jerks’.

‘‘Her right arm was the worst; it was constantly moving and then it spread to her right leg too,’’ Jane said.

‘‘She was put into an induced coma on April 10 just to give her a rest.

‘‘They had tried all of the drugs they could think of but the jerking had spread to her whole body.

‘‘She had a brain tumour removed at the age of 14 which they thought may have been the cause.

‘‘She was operated on to remove scar tissue from the tumour but that didn’t fix it.’’

As a last resort, doctors had to operate again and cut the signals in her brain that allow movement to her right arm and leg.

‘‘She is now on epilepsy medication and things are slowing down,’’ Jane said.

‘‘But the operation also means she has very little arm movement, no hand use and her leg is very weak.’’

Liz had her 53rd birthday and first day at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew on Wednesday.

Since hearing of Liz’s sudden struggle, locals have been aiming to raise funds and help out in any way they can.

A Blighty versus All Stars ladies football match to be held on May 24 is just one of the ways locals have banded together to support the Gough family.

Funds raised from the family fun day, which is being organised by Paula Rutter, will go towards purchasing a vehicle with wheelchair accessibility.

As well as ladies footy, the day will include men’s netball games, raffles and a goods and services auction, followed by karaoke at the Blighty clubrooms.

‘‘We are encouraging everyone to come along to this important event, which is being held on the bye weekend of both the Picola and Murray football leagues,’’ Mrs Rutter said.

‘‘So far we have had a lot of interest in the ladies footy and the men’s netball.

‘‘All profits from the gate, canteen and bar will go the Gough Family Trust, which was proudly and kindly donated by the Blighty Football and Netball Club.’’

Harley Davidson motorbike rides with Josh and John Creenaune will also be run on the day with proceeds going directly to the trust, Mrs Rutter added.

~ Cass Savellis

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