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Our beautiful girl Maisie Sarah-Rose Cooper from Cross Keys was born on the 29th of January 2011  11 weeks early and weighed only 2lb 14oz. We prayed every day that our little miracle would pull through and she did with determination, strength and lots of love.

Maisie spent eleven long weeks in hospital where every night we had to come home without our little princess. No getting up in the night to feed our new born like we were supposed to, change her nappy or even just sit and hold her without asking a nurse if this was ok. The best day came when we were able to bring Maisie home. Finally we were a family altogether in our own house.

Maisie was such a happy placid baby who loved interaction and music. She was a little slower in development but we were told this was to be expected due to her being so early. Although I felt something wasn’t quite right as she still wasn’t sitting up by one and was very stiff and rigid so I brought this up with her physio.

We then had a meeting with her consultant who confirmed Maisie had spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. This was a massive blow to us as we didn’t know what this would mean for Maisie’s future. Would she be able to sit, crawl, walk or be like any “normal” child?

We were told that although Maisie would most probably be able to do these things it would be very difficult for her and that it would cause pain and discomfort due to her muscle being so tight and that she wouldn’t walk unaided  without a frame).

Maisie started to crawl in November something the physio’s told us would be very difficult for her to do and in December she pulled herself up to stand. Although Maisie can’t stand there for any length of time, as she is very much on her tippy toes due to her tendons being so tight, this was amazing for us to watch.

Maisie surprises us every day with new things that she can do and we burst with pride watching her!

To help our little girl in her fight to walk we are fundraising for her to have an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) which will decrease the tightening in Maisie’s legs and stop her being in discomfort and pain. It may also give her the freedom to walk unaided. Also  we will need to make regular visits up to Scotland for intense physiotherapy.

This is a chance that as parents we have to take to help our little girl and we are asking for your help with this as we need to raise £60,000. This is to take Maisie over to America to a surgeon called Dr Park who has been doing this operation for the past twenty years. Please be a part in Maisie’s steps to hope!

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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