Innowalk For Jessica
My name is Jessica I am a happy, bright, funny and very intelligent 12 year old. My mum says I have a smile that lights up a room.
I made early entrance into the world and was born premature at 27 weeks weighing just 1 kilogram. The doctors discovered I had a bleed into my brain and at the age of 2 and a half I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, I have spastic diaplegia meaning both my legs are affected in my case very severely, I also some issues with my arms too.
Growing up with cerebral palsy has not been easy; I need daily physiotherapy to help stretch my tight muscles, I also have lots of hospital and doctor’s appointments. I have had two operations to release my tight muscles once on my abductors and in January this year I had my hamstrings operated on.
As I am unable to walk I also have problems with both my hips, my right hip is especially bad. In May 2016 doctors in Bristol did an operation to fit me with baclofen pump, the pump is implanted in tummy and gives my body a slow release of the medicine baclofen. The medicine stops my muscles being too tight and makes it easier for my parents to look after me and I can do more for myself. Doctors told my parents they hoped it would stop my hip getting worse and me needing surgery so far it’s working and my hips are remaining stable.
My physiotherapist told my mum about a new piece of exercise equipment called an Innowalk, it has been specially designed for people with disabilities and looks a bit like a cross trainer but has lots of support to help hold me in right position. I can exercise in it sitting down, standing up or just practice standing in it, it has remote control that I can use by myself to decide what I want to do. I have had two assessments using one and I just love it, it’s great being able to exercise like everybody else can.
There have been lots of trials done on kids like me to say that the benefits it can have on my condition are huge, it will help me build up my muscles and reduce my stiffness and help my digestive system which does not work great as I spend most of my day in my wheelchair.
My parents want to buy me an Innowalk so I can use it every day at home, however they cost a lot of money and are not funded by the NHS.
We would be very grateful for your help in whatever way possible, making a donation, organising event for me or simple sharing this page so more people hear my story.
Love Jessica & Family
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