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Miraculous Myah's unforgettable Blades experience

19 October 2018

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It's the picture that says it all for four-year-old Myah Dixon.

Cuddling hero Billy Sharp she leads Sheffield United out onto the pitch - something that seemed highly unlikely just a few weeks ago.

For Myah Dixon, a young Sheffield United fan, is making a miraculous recovery from serious illness and has enjoyed an 'unforgettable' day with the Blades.

Four-year-old Myah was left paralysed by Guillain-Barré syndrome earlier this year, and recently enjoyed the day of her life when she was a mascot for the first time during the Blades' 1-0 win over Hull City.  

She was carried out of the players' tunnel by club captain Billy Sharp before the players lined up ahead of kick-off.

Myah and her family then received a very special donation from the club of a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Blades' Shirecliffe training ground, which included the chance to meet and have lunch with the players and first team manager, Chris Wilder. 

The youngster was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome in August, an auto-immune disorder where the immune system attacks healthy nerve cells leading to weakness, tingling and numbness.

Myah spent weeks in intensive care after her symptoms worsened - the numbness spread to her feet, leaving her unable to move or communicate. Also, the four-year-old had to undergo a tracheostomy days after her admission to Sheffield Children's Hospital's high dependency unit.

Having been told it could take months for Myah to recover, within days of her operation she regained movement of her tongue - enabling her to smile when members of the Sheffield United Women's team visited her in hospital.

She almost gave a  high five to her idol, Billy Sharp, as he surprised young Myah at the Children's Hospital a few days later.

And, after a remarkably speedy recovery, Myah - who is gradually regaining the ability to walk - was well enough to attend the Blades' fixture with Hull City at Bramall Lane to feature as a mascot.

Later, she watched the game with her family from the  Bramall Lane's director's box.

Both the mascot experience and the behind-the-scenes visit were facilitated and supported by Sheffield United vice president, Darren Baker, managing director of city firm JB Doors Ltd.

Darren donated the behind the scenes visit to the  training ground having placed the winning bid for the prize at an auction during the 2018 Sheffield Celebration of Sport at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park earlier this month.

Myah's dad, Gavin, said: "I can't thank Sheffield United and Darren enough for everything they've done for Myah.

"From the special visits while she was in hospital, to their hospitality during her time as a mascot at Bramall Lane and then the incredible behind-the-scenes tour of the club's training ground, it's been an unforgettable experience for her, and of course for myself and the rest of our family too.

"Special thanks of course go to Darren Baker, who has been so kind throughout Myah's illness. His and the club's backing has been unbelievable and has without doubt helped us through what has been such a difficult period of our lives."

Dave McCarthy, operations director at Sheffield United, said: "We were delighted to host Myah at the Lane for the game against Hull City. After what her and her family have been through of late, her recovery from a horrific illness has been nothing short of miraculous.

"We wish her and her family and hope that she continues to make a speedy and full recovery."

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