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Last Updated: Monday, 2 October 2006, 16:49 GMT 17:49 UK
NHS 'superwig' present for Chloe
Chloe Bligh with her NHS wig
Chloe will be able to swim and go on fairground rides in her new wig
A schoolgirl with alopecia is to have a 1,500 "superwig" made of human hair on the NHS in time for Christmas.

Chloe Bligh, nine, from Chepstow, began losing her hair when she was two and has worn wigs since she was seven.

But NHS synthetic wigs aggravate her eczema, so her mother campaigned for her to have a "suction" wig from New Zealand sculpted to fit Chloe's head.

Gwent NHS Trust agreed to put 1,200 towards it. A spokesman said: "This new wig will be a huge benefit to her."

Chloe is desperate for Christmas, when the custom-made wig is due to arrive.

Her mother Maude Bligh, 35, said: "It will be the best Christmas present she could wish for.

"She really deserves it because of the way she has smiled all the way through and never complains.

"Losing her hair has not affected Chloe too much. She's still a happy outgoing kid, a real sweetheart.

"But all girls worry and fuss about their hair. It's just natural."

Chloe went to a clinic in Oxford where she was able to choose the style and colour she wanted. She will be able to sleep in her wig and wear it in the shower.

Ms Bligh has launched a charity, the Alopecia Areata Support Charity, which campaigns for other alopecia sufferers to be given the New Zealand wigs.

A Gwent NHS Trust spokesman said clearer guidance for the NHS would be available.

He said: "We are glad to have been of help and that Chloe has got what she needs. We all hope it will be a wonderful Christmas present for her.

"But all patients' needs and circumstances are different and this has to be taken into account."




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