Molly has made a good recovery since her stroke in 2009 with the help of intensive physiotherapy and lots of hard work. However, it has become clear over the last year or so, that Mollys progress has slowed, and her dream of walking independently looks like it is going to remain just that - a dream. Unfortunately, Mollys brain is not receiving messages from her legs, so she doesn't know where they are or what they are doing. This affects her balance and ultimately means that she needs a lot of support when she walks to ensure she doesn't wobble over.
However, thanks to a Swedish team, there is a solution to this problem. It's called the Mollii suit and incorporates lots of electrodes which act to send signals through the nerves which attach to the muscles, to the brain. It has an instant effect. Molly wore the suit for one hour, during which time she did no exercise - in fact she watched a One Direction video on You Tube! At the end of the hour, the suit was removed and Molly walked around the therapy room (with help) once more. The change was remarkable! She needed no support on her left side, and hardly used my hand that was supporting her right hand. She felt so different - I could only describe is as she felt lighter - far less of her body weight was leaning on me.
The therapists noticed this improvement. which showed in her balance. However, the effect is not permanent and initially will wear off after a couple of hours. But with prolonged use for one hour every other day, the effects will last 48 hours or more.
This is what we have been waiting for, to help Mollys brain receive the signals from her legs again, which will push her closer to her dream.
The Mollii suit has become Mollys number one item on her Christmas list this year, but at a cost of £3,500 she needs to have been a really, really good girl!
If you can help in any way to support Molly we would be so grateful.
Thank you in advance xxx
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