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£1,883raised of £1,000 target by 80 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,883 to Help fund a wheelchair trike for our daughter Mia, age 9, pls read Mia's story to fully understand why she deserves your help and support.

    Christchurch, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 1st October 2017

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    Mia Cristofoli was born on the 20th December 2007 with her twin sister Ella 2 minutes later in Portsmouth Hospital. Mia and Ella weren’t well when they were born neither of them were able to breath by themselves, so they were on a ventilator. Over the first 24 hours Ella seemed to recover well whilst Mia seemed unsettled and cried a lot. We soon discovered Mia was having seizures as a result of lack of oxygen when she was born, Mia was given medication to control the seizures. However, this meant that Mia had to go back on the ventilator, the medication suppressed the seizures but also suppressed her breathing. After this, Mia had a number of tested including EEG’s which showed no further shows of seizures but also showed very low activity of the brain. Whilst Ella went from strength to strength each day, Mia rapidly detearerated and we were told that Mia may not survive, this was the worse news we had ever been told. We stayed with Mia and Ella every moment we could praying that Mia would get better and that we would be able to take them both home together. Over the next two/three days Mia was weaned off the medication and seemed to become very uncomfortable on the ventilator so the Consultant suggested Mia coming of the ventilator and trying periods of time on a machine called C-PAP, this meant that Mia would have to breath by herself. If Mia wasn’t able to breath by herself we were told we would have to consider turning off the machines and there would be no hope of Mia living. This was a very sad and very difficult time for us. So, we decided to leave it in Mia’s hands to see if she could do it on her own and thankfully she did. Each day the C-PAP would be turned off for short periods of time and Mia would breathe completed on her own. Gradually, this increased for longer each time until Mia was breathing totally independently. Finally on the 31st January 2008, 6 weeks after they were born, we bought them home.



    • Gemma Cristofoli1 year ago
      Gemma Cristofoli

      Gemma Cristofoli

      1 year ago

      We came, we saw, we conquered!! It's the day after and we can honestly say that was the most hardest, emotional experience we have done as a team. We completed the 10.3 miles course and did all 20 obstacles successfully in under 4 hours. It pushed us to our maximum limits, and all feeling bruised and battered but no matter how much pain we're in now it's nothing to how proud we are to overcome our fears and finishing the course for our Mia. Thank you for all who have donated so far #TeamMia

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    • Susan and Mark Pearson

      Susan and Mark Pearson

      Sep 1, 2017

      Very well done Team Mia. Very proud of your achiements. Love from Auntie Sue and Mark xx


    • Sarah MacDonald

      Sarah MacDonald

      Aug 29, 2017

      Well done to you all. An inspiring team effort x

    • Michelle Sherwood

      Michelle Sherwood

      Aug 25, 2017

      Well done for raising money for this worthy cause.From HOL!


    • James Lewis

      James Lewis

      Aug 21, 2017

      Congratulations Lucy!! Hope the bruises go quickly and the memories last a lifetime :) x


    • Claire Smith

      Claire Smith

      Aug 21, 2017

      Well done, especially to Lucy! Hope the bruises have healed b4 school starts!


    • Gemma Cardona

      Gemma Cardona

      Aug 21, 2017

      Well done hun', you smashed it! Love you xx


    • Alison Wilkinson

      Alison Wilkinson

      Aug 21, 2017

      Well done girls great achievement and for a fab cause xx


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    Gemma Cristofoli

    Gemma Cristofoli

    Christchurch, United Kingdom

    Mia's Mum, Gemma, Aunt, Lucy and 2 friends Emma and Laura are taking part in the Tough Mudder on Saturday August 19th. All 4 ladies are getting prepared for the event and far from you usually competitors, please keep an eye on the updates for their training and news on Mia.

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