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Annabelle is 5 years old and was born 12 weeks' prematurely. Soon after, she was diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy as a result of her premature birth. The biggest symptom in Annabelle is that she has a really intense tightness in the muscles in her legs (just like heavy duty elastic bands). This means that she is unable to walk unaided and suffers from regular pain as a result of her tight muscles.
She is a really bright, bubbly, loving, cuddly little girl and so very brave. She only ever gets grumbly after long, intensive periods of physio.
Last year, with help from many very kind donations, Annabelle was lucky enough to have had an operation to help her to walk, called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR). This was a 5 hour neuro-surgical operation that directly targeted and eliminated the nerve rootlets in Annabelle's spinal cord that caused the spasticity in her legs. The process left only the properly-firing nerve rootlets intact and permanently eliminated the spasticity in her muscles.
The best place in the world for SDR is the St Louis Children's Hospital, Missouri in America. There, Dr Park has performed over 2,500 operations and his success rate is 100%. That's 100%. Amazingly, every single SDR operation he has ever performed has succeeded in improving the child's life forever. This is why we, and Annabelle, wanted it so badly.
The price of the SDR operation is very high. Once the operation itself, aftercare, travel and accommodation costs are taken into account, we would need to have raised £55,000. This is why we really need your help!
We managed to raise enough to perform the operation and to continue with the aftercare for over a year, but now we humbly ask for some more help to allow us to reach our target and continue with Annabelle's physio and treatments. As Dr Parks told us at the time, the post op care is almost as important as the operation itself and we really dont want this fantastic opportunity wasted!
Annabelle works very hard every day, on her bike, in her walker, aquatherapy, riding, stretching etc etc and she really does try so very hard. We are sure she will get there soon !
The people at the Tree of Hope Children's Charity have so very kindly allowed us to fundraise under their banner. The Tree of Hope help fund specialist medical surgery, treatment and therapy to children in order to free them from suffering and to give them a better quality of life in their young lives. They have helped many other children raise money for SDR. With their support and your help and donations, Annabelle's dream can come true too.
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