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Weʼre raising £55,000 to lengthen Annabelle Rose's Life and help her move again with Physio and Hydrotherapy

London, United Kingdom

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Lengthen Annabelle Rose's Life and help her move again with Physio & Hydrotherapy

23.12.16 was the day we received the devastating and life changing news that our baby had a rare life limiting condition SMA1. "It is a genetic degenerative condition" they said and "we don’t expect her to last past 18 months".

Our beautiful baby girl was 9 months already…how on earth do we process this?

She won’t walk... she won’t eat... she won’t talk…she won’t live.

After a 5 week stint in hospital with tonsillitis, bronchitis and pneumonia our perfectly healthy baby was different. VERY floppy, could no longer sit up, move her legs, arms or hold her head up anymore. Her breathing was so laboured and she now has to go on breathing support at night... And they said it was going to get worse than this – she can stop breathing at any minute.

The very next day on Christmas Eve, we found a press release that there was promise of a new drug potentially so successful it was coming off of clinical trails in America and hopefully heading to Europe.

After two very dark months that I can only describe as a blur, we received a phone call from Great Ormond Street Hospital in February to say that our beautiful Annabelle has been selected to be the first baby girl in the UK to receive the drug. We couldn’t quite believe it, we wanted this yesterday and had been praying everyday…now it is actually happening.

The drug is called Nusinersin and is a lumber puncture injection into the spine which creates the proteins Annabelle's faulty SMA genes are not producing. After the 4 loading injections she will have one every 4 months for life... or at least until they figure out a miracle cure.

Annabelle has now had her 4 spinal loading injections…these prepare her body for the 5th/the main injection.

Amazingly, we have already seen more head control and some pressure and power in her legs, she now attempts to roll and overall has more movement especially in water; she kicks her legs like the average baby under water. GOSH have also told us she now has 25% more movement than she did in February…we are over the moon. But Annabelle's journey is still long.

Aside from struggling with this awful diagnosis, we have also struggled with our community, 18 week waiting lists and the general lack of urgency…we want to strike while the iron is hot so to speak and while Annabelle is a miracle and showing signs of improvement rather than the decline we were told…it is even more so important now for Annabelle to have access to the correct physio and hydrotherapy whenever she needs it.

There are no hydropools in our borough.

We would have to travel far to use a pool and this becomes impossible with all of her breathing equipment we have to carry around PLUS there is a huge risk of infection, because Annabelle's lungs are still weak there is a constant fear of chest infections. A common cold for a normal baby is a real threat to life for Annabelle so the use of a public pool is an unneeded stress and added anxiety for us as parents and for Annabelle and her little lungs.

This is where the idea and need of the Annabelle garden started. Her own Hyprodool and Physio area at the end of our garden where we can encourage Annabelle to get moving again.

Despite everything...we are still dreaming big that with this drug and daily physio and hydrotherapy she can eventually sit up unaided, even crawl then maybe walk but ultimately all we really want is for it to lengthen her life.

We need any help we can to fund this pool/physio area for our beautiful little girl. She is so tenacious, always smiling and has been an absolute warrior to get to where she has done so far. We just need that extra push and prayers to help us further.

Our beautiful Annabelle a month before her diagnosis at Christmas.

Annabelle during her 5 week hospital stay while they figured out what was wrong with her.

Annabelle can't sit unaided but still finds ways to play.

Always smiling!

Annabelle after GOSH told us about her 25% improvement in mobility since February!

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  • Michelle Thomas2 months ago
    Michelle Thomas

    Michelle Thomas

    2 months ago

    Just wanted to thank everyone for your well wishes this week, Annabelle has been very poorly. We are still monitoring her closely & she seems a bit brighter today. Yesterday we were on the edge of hospital. I'm so so upset as SMA always slaps you down. Just when you start to gather momentum & gain confidence, SMA always has a way of reminding you how serious & how scary it is. Back on sats monitor & breathing support! The local community social services have declined Annabelle carer hours this week which we will of course be appealing. 😢

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  • Michelle Thomas3 months ago
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    Michelle Thomas

    3 months ago

    WE DID IT! Words can not express our emotions and elation over the pool, Annabelle adores it and the importance of hydrotherapy has never been more clear and already having benefits on her core strength. We have had some unaided sitting since we've been in the pool. 👶🏼💗🙏🏻 We as a family would like to thank every single one of you that has donated and those who are still continuing to do so. You have completely change life for Annabelle and we can never thank you enough.💞 Next step is to get prof pool physiotherapist in to educate us.

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  • Michelle Thomas4 months ago
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    Michelle Thomas

    4 months ago

    We can't seem to load videos on here but this image and video link is of Annabelle saying THANK YOU to everyone that has supported her hydrotherapy pool, it is public so hopefully you can see it and it is so cute. https://www.facebook.com/michelle.healy.775/videos/10157314382690016/

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    May 13, 2019

    All the best

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    May 12, 2019

    Please support this lovely child..

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    May 11, 2019

    Good luck

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Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas

London, United Kingdom

I'm a first time mum who's world completely changed on 23.12.2016. This year was supposed to be a wonderful journey of motherhood that had began in March when Annabelle was born. Since December it has been a journey of anxiety, fear and dread. But now, we have a glimmer of hope.

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