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Mum praises cat for easing the PTSD her six-year-old was left with after a car crash


A mum whose daughter was blighted by night terrors after a horrifying car crash has praised a rescue kitten for easing the six-year-old’s post-traumatic stress disorder. In February last year, civil servant Jen Ritchie, 36, got a call that every parent dreads, telling her that her girl Molly had been involved in a serious collision. Incredibly, the youngster escaped the wreckage with just a few bruises – but whilst physically, she was okay, mentally, it was a different story. Within months, she began to suffer with night terrors, and would often lose control of her bladder. Doctors confirmed that Molly was experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - an anxiety condition triggered by a distressing event – and referred her to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), recommending that a pet may be therapeutic while she waited for more specialist help. Heeding their advice, Jen, of The Wirral, Merseyside, adopted two rescue kittens – Teddy and Evie – in August, and within weeks, Molly’s symptoms eased.

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