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The Daisy Garland charity was set up in November 2004 to keep Daisy’s memory alive and to help other little children like her.

We fund an increasing number of Ketogenic Dietitians who work in National Health Hospitals treating hundreds of children with intractable epilepsy.

We are the only UK charity funding Ketogenic Dietitians - each dietitian costs up to £45,000 per annum. If you think you could help us fund our next Daisy Garland Ketogenic Dietitian go to HOW YOU CAN HELP. Be in touch today.

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Hugo Lewis

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Hugo Lewis

My 4 year old son Hugo came off the Ketogenic diet just over 3 months ago - and is seizure free! That’s right, no seizures!

It is still difficult to believe how wonderful the Ketogenic diet was for us and how it changed our lives. Pre-diet days Hugo would have up to 40 fits a day - some serious enough to put him in hospital for up to a week. 7 months ago he wasn’t able to read and he was difficult to understand. Now he is happily chatting, starting to read and almost writing his name. He was originally at a school for children with complex needs but he now attends his local mainstream school with a classroom assistant.

Hugo started the ketogenic diet in August 2007 under the supervision of a ‘Daisy Garland Ketogenic Dietitian’ at St. Georges Hospital in SW London. After about a year on the diet we agreed to lower Hugo's fat/carb ratio until Hugo was off the diet completely. It is incredible to look back at Hugo’s journey on this amazing diet.

The work that The Daisy Garland charity does is invaluable. We hope that one day the National Health Service will take the diet seriously enough to fund it themselves. Until that time, the Daisy Garland charity is the only hope for children like Hugo.

Hugo and his mum Esther appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ Programme on 10th June 2009 with Dr Chris, discussing the ketogenic diet. I would just like to point out that the examples of high fat foods that appeared on this programme were not the kind of foods we ever used on the diet! So please don't think that this is an unhealthy diet full of saturated fats. Lard?? Yuck!! They could have included lots of yummy nutritional high fat foods such as oily fish, fresh lamb and chicken, healthy oils, nuts, eggs, cream, mayonnaise, cheese and lots of lovely fresh low carb fruit and veg - avocado, swede, asparagus, celery, kiwi, pineapple, cabbage and the list goes on and on, and on! Delicious!

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