Community cooks up support for Elliot

20:43, Sep 10 2013
Elliott Gulliver
ACTION STATIONS: Gore baby Elliott Gulliver, left, and buddy Ruby Tremaine are firm friends after Ruby's Mum Vanessa helped fundraise for Elliott by making a cookbook.

A cookbook designed to raise money for a critically ill Gore baby has proved a recipe for success after the first two print runs sold out.

Elliott's Cookbook - the brainchild of a group of parents who made up biliary atresia sufferer Elliott Gulliver's antenatal group - has been selling fast, according to group member Vanessa Bennett.

"The first 500 copies went like hot cakes and we've almost run out of a further 300.

"I'd say we're looking at ordering another 200 to make it an even 1000 copies," she said.

That translates to about $9000 to go towards the ongoing care of 15-month-old Elliott Gulliver, who was diagnosed with the life-threatening liver disease biliary atresia when she was just 5 weeks old.

Dad Fraser Gulliver said the support from the antenatal class had been both overwhelming and humbling.


"It's way bigger than anything we could have ever expected.

"If people had not have fundraised and thought of us, I don't know how we would have coped.

"When something like this happens, you're not really thinking of the financials."

It was now six months since Elliott received the life-saving liver transplant and she was still under observation, he said.

Her liver wasn't working at its maximum potential and some blood tests were coming back askew, he said.

Elliott is currently in Auckland so medics can figure out what is happening with her liver.

But the setbacks had not stopped her from reaching "normal" baby milestones, he said.

"She's good. She's walking, not quite talking. All the normal milestones seem to be coming along.

"Because she sat in a cot for so many months we always wondered, you know, will she walk? When will she?"

Seeing his daughter have the chance to grow and play was an incredible feeling, he said.

"You can't quantify it. We don't wrap her in cotton wool.

"If it's not going to hurt her, we let her do it. It's all about letting her grow and explore the way babies do."

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