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Help Xanthe Carter to get walking!

Thank you visitng Xanthe's just giving page!  Its difficult to write about her concisely and give you a full history so you feel that you know who you are donating towards, so you can either watch her video for a potted history (see video in her gallery page below), or read the below!

Xanthe is now 9 years old, but when she was just 9 months old she contracted pneumococcal meningitis and suffered a major stroke as a result of it. She was critically ill and spent 3 weeks in intensive care on a life support machine, but in typical style, she battled through and is now having to manage and cope with the devastating after effects of her illness.

Xanthe is hemiplegic (weakness down her right side due to stroke damage) and is just learning to walk with a kaye walker (see photo's) but is still unable to talk due to the brain damage that she sustained after the stroke.  She is a true fighter though, and is making amazing progress due to all the 1:1 therapy sessions that she is having, all of which are funded  by your very kind and generous donations.

As a result of her illness, Xanthe has global development delay which means that she is very behind in her learning compared to her peer group.Unfortunately she also developed chronic epilepsy which has been a nightmare for her and us all.  She has benefitted from the very strict keotgenic diet which she was on in 2012-2014, and is now having far less seizures. She is noticeably a happier and louder little girl!

Xanthe's epilepsy makes learning that much harder for her which means that it takes longer and she needs as much 1:1 support as we can give her.Whilst she shows the potential to learn new skills, such as walking, her seizures can leave her completely wiped out and unable to do anything for herself.It is heart breaking to watch.

Everything that is fund-raised for Xanthe goes towards 1:1 Physiotherapy, Conductive Education and Speech and Language therapy; and equipment that the NHS won't fund. Xanthe only gets 2 hours  of therapy per term from NHS therapists due to the cuts, so 1:1 private therapy is the only way for her to really progress. We are also looking into PERCs surgery for her, in the States, as this will be the best way for her to progress to walking with a stick or even unaided,  Her hamstrings have become very tight due to the stroke damage she sustained, and it is painful to watch her try to walk, and know that she is damaging her hips at the same time. 

We are so grateful that you have taken time to read about our fighter of a daughter, who we are determined should be able to access as much of the day to day activities that her friends do.

Whatever you can donate is fantastic, but as always, the more noughts, the more we can do for and with her and the less we have to ask!

With huge thanks,

Hugo and Jessie Carter (Daddy and Mummy!)

 

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