Blake's Physio Vest

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Blake is 4 years old and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 3 weeks old by the heel prick test. 

Cystic fibrosis is a life-limiting genetic illness which affects mainly the lungs and digestion but nearly all organs too. 

There is NO CURE for this illness.

Normally the liquids and mucus that line many of.our organs are clear, lubricating and helping to protect them from infection. In CF there's is a fault in a gene that controls the amount and composition of fluid lining the airways and other organs. The fluid lining the airways is.reduced resulting in an excess of sticky secretions that are prone to infection and difficult to cough up. In the.pancreas the sticky secretions block the flow of digestive juices into the gut leading to impaired digestion and poor absorption of food. 

Blake is on 6 different types of medicine a day and has daily physiotherapy done by us this usually involves patting his back sides and chest and doing vibrations. He also does bubble pep and uses a little device called an Acapella. 

We are hoping to raise £7000 to purchase a physio vest from the USA which vibrates Blakes body and loosens the mucus to help clear the airways. 

Unfortunately these are not available on.the NHS so fundraising is our only option. 

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

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