Ellie is 6 years old and suffers from cerebral palsy in her legs. Due to the severity of the pain in her legs Ellie can only walk short distances before needing to use her wheelchair, and as you can imagine this has had a huge impact on her childhood.
Ellie’s family have found an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) that can help Ellie to lead a full and active life. This surgery has proven very effective for permanently reducing spasticity in children with cerebral palsy, especially those with spastic diplegia which is what Ellie has. Unfortunately this operation is not available on the NHS so Ellie and her family need to travel to St Louis in America and will need to raise £45,000 to pay for the operation.
Following the operation Ellie's legs will no longer be painful and stiff. She will have to work hard at her therapy but the Neurosurgeon, Dr Park, has told Ellie's family that the pain and stiffness in her legs will be permanently reduced. She will be able to walk steadily on all terrains with endurance. She will have better balance and will be able to play with her friends easier. She will have better posture and be able to transition between sitting and standing easier. Ellie will also find it much easier to sleep at night as she will no longer have discomfort in her legs.
We're are supporting a little girl called Ellie as her family raises the £45,000 needed for her to have a life changing operation and subsequent therapy.- Spindogs