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Abi's Wish To Walk

Abi

Hi

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit Abi's JustGiving page. Here i have wrote a bit about Abi and her disability and why we are trying to raise funds for her!  

Thanks 

Abi's mum x            


Abi is a 13 year old strong minded motivated teenager from Camelford in Cornwall who struggles with day to day living due to her cerebral palsy.  She was born 10 weeks prematurely and due to lack of oxygen at birth it has resulted in her spastic quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy.  This means daily living from buttoning a shirt to walking which many of us take for granted can be 100 times harder for Abi to achieve.

Abi is unable to stand alone and cannot walk without the aid of her walking frame and even then has to have someone close by.  She has daily exercises to help with the increased tone and spasticity in her muscles which becomes more as she grows,  it is like a battle with the spasticity.  Abi has a challenged and painful life.

There is however the chance of a life changing operation carried out by Dr Park at St Louis Hospital in America. An operation called an SDR short for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.  Put simply this in a operation done by making a small incision at the lower back and testing the nerves individually by using electrical currents,  this then shows up which nerves are sending the 'faulty' signals from the brain to the muscle causing spasticity,  the 'faulty ones' are then cut and thats it the spasticity is gone.  Abi could have the chance of  a life with greater independence living free from the tight stiff muscles caused by the spasticity from her Cerebral Palsy. It is unclear yet if this would result in complete independent walking, but our aim is to give Abi a more comfortable chance at life and to ease her walking with or without walking aids! 

If you want to no more about the SDR please check out this link that takes you directly to Dr Parks page

http://www.stlouischildrens.org/our-services/center-cerebral-palsy-spasticity/about-selective-dorsal-rhizotomy-sdr


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Should we exceed the target amount (or if we do not raise enough funds, or if they cannot be used for any other reason) the funds raised will go to the general funds of Tree of Hope to assist other sick children.




    

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