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Weʼre raising £21,000 to Help Isabella To Walk

Brentwood, United Kingdom

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Our beautiful Isabella (Izzy) is the apple of our eyes….the happiest two year old, who loves to be centre of attention.

At birth Isabella suffered a Grade 2 Haemorrhage (stroke) on the left side of her brain. Izzy spent the first four weeks of her life in intensive care at the Neo Natal Unit of Broomfield’s Hospital

She was referred to the Paediatric Neurology and Genealogy at Great Ormond Street to try and understand why Isabella had her brain Haemorrhage as she was a full-term baby with no complications during pregnancy. After having further tests and an MRI on her brain, it was confirmed at three months old that Isabella also has a very rare Chromosome Abnormality, “8p Inverted Duplication and Deletion”. Additionally, she has what is termed a “Sub-mucous cleft pallet” – something that affects her speech and eating.

Isabella is unable to do most things that children her age would usually do. She can’t crawl, walk, run around, grab things, jump up and down or talk - things we often take for granted that our children will be able to do.

Izzy has not met her milestones, but despite of all of this, she is slowly progressing and she amazes me with her strength, patience and determination every day, all the while with her beautiful smile on her face.

At the moment, as we are battling with multiple diagnosis', we are working on her delays day by day. Isabella has been severely impacted by the bleed on her brain, which is in the motor neurone area, the part of the brain that controls one’s movement.

This has badly affected the right side of her body, she has weak core, trunk and shoulders including restricted movement in her right hand and arm. Her balance is affected by tight muscle tone and she tends to put all her weight on the left side of her body – despite her trying hard with her strong little legs 😊

This has made it hard for her to sit, crawl or walk. She sometimes gets very frustrated, you can see that she wants to move and join in with other children, but she can’t and it breaks our heart.

Our reason for setting up this Just Giving Page for Isabella, is simply to help our daughter, or rather, ask for some extra help. This is not easy, but we will do anything we can to try to enable her to walk independently and be as mobile as she possibly can.

Isabella’s consultants have told me that she needs as much early rehabilitation as possible and if she receives intense therapy now, before the age of six, children's brains have the ability to repair pathways that have been damaged by stroke. (This is known as plasticity)

Early treatment will increase the chance of her brain building new pathways, to enable her to have better mobility. Isabella does not naturally know, as of yet, how to move certain parts of her body, or co-ordinate her movements and has to be taught this via therapy to help her recognise that she can make her body move through practice.

We are raising money to give Isabella the intense physio therapy and occupational therapy she desperately requires before the age of 6, at Kids Physio Works in Colchester. This centre is excellent in its field, but as with all private therapies, they are expensive, for us, at a cost of £125 per session once a week. Additionally, we would also like to purchase a Grillo Walker for Isabella at a cost of £2000, to help her be able to walk supported and to gain strength and to make Izzy’s self-movement easier. Isabella would also benefit from further speech and language therapist sessions to help with her communication and horse therapy to help strengthen her core.

Due to Isabella's condition, as mother, I have not been able to return to work, as I care for her full time. As a family, we are doing as much as we physically can, but we are under significant financial burden due to our loss of income and Izzy’s additional care requirements

With help from Kids Physio Works and the NHS, we try to replicate all her therapies at home, but as a parent there is only so much one can do and we have to rely on the private sector to help Isabella, which is why we need your support, to give Isabella the best chance in her challenging life ahead.

If you feel you can offer a small donation to help our Isabella, we will be forever eternally grateful.

Please Help Isabella to Walk!!!!!

Much Love

Cassie & Adam xxx

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8p Inverted Duplication and Deletion

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  • Cassie martinson6 months ago
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    6 months ago
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  • Cassie martinson1 year ago
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    1 year ago
    Update from the Page owner Thank you all so much.... Isabella is starting her private speech and language sessions this week, thanks to your very generous donations xx Much Love xx

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    1 year ago

    Isabella hitting another milestone today, showing great balance and knee to standing strength today at Kids Physio Works today... GO GO IZZY XXX All possible with your lovely donations Thank you xx

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Page last updated on: 6/19/2018 8:31 PM



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    Jun 19, 2018


  • Asil Sham

    Asil Sham

    Jun 16, 2018

    Happy Eid to all.The Allmighty who creates us and everything loves all of us and has all the power . May the allmighty give strength and confidence to lovely Isabella to walk and run as she deserves


  • Sarah Cadinouche

    Sarah Cadinouche

    Mar 21, 2018

    Much love to Isabella and best wishes to you and Adam xxx


  • Manjit Kaur

    Manjit Kaur

    Mar 13, 2018

    Bless. Hope you raise enough for her. Love to all the family. Best of luck xx


  • Gurdish Kaur

    Gurdish Kaur

    Mar 12, 2018

    Get well soon xx


  • Hardeep kahlon

    Hardeep kahlon

    Mar 12, 2018

    Good luck xx


  • MEena sanghera

    MEena sanghera

    Mar 10, 2018

    Sending best wishes xx


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Cassie martinson

Cassie martinson

Brentwood, United Kingdom

Isabella was born with a Grade 2 Haemorrhage on her motor neurone area im her brain (a Stroke) . She also has a chromosome abnormality called 8p inverted duplication and deletion, Low muscle tone, sub-mucous cleft pallet .

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