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Weʼre raising £3,500 to Keep Caitlan bendy

Swinton, Manchester, UK
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Caitlan is a very confident, happy, active 14 year old. She is a very talented Karateka and Gymnast. She has excelled in both of these sports and has just graded to her karate Black Belt.

Unfortunately, Caitlan has developed Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (abnormal curvature and twisting of the spine), which causes pain and discomfort, as well as making Caitlan self conscious due to her uneven appearance. The severity of the curve means that surgery is the only option.

Surgery offered on the NHS means Caitlan having spinal fusion (metal rods screwed into her spine) meaning she will lose her flexibility and would not be able to carry on with the sports she loves. However, there is other life changing surgery available called vertebral body tethering (VBT) which uses less restrictive measures using a flexible cord instead of a metal pole, meaning Caitlan would not lose as much of her flexibility and could carry on with the things she loves. This would also mean less recovery time as the surgery is less invasive and is performed with keyhole surgery.

However, this treatment is not available on the NHS and is costly, hence the decision to raise funds. Mail online article

As Caitlan's mum and family it is hard for us to imagine her not being able to continue the things she loves and is especially difficult after bringing her up for 14 years of her life, knowing this is something we cannot control. If there is even a slight chance of an alternative giving her the quality of life she deserves, of course we are going to take it.

The funds raised for this campaign will be for Caitlan to have alternative treatment in Germany, which will allow her to keep her flexibility, therefore, keeping Caitlan bendy. Please donate as much or as little as you can and please share our story far and wide so that our little star can continue to shine and fulfil her dreams of competing for her country one day.

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  • Jackie Moss4 days ago
    Jackie Moss

    Jackie Moss

    4 days ago

    We would like to thank everyone that has donated to try and get the funds and anyone who has donated prizes and/or given up their time to help us along the way. Unfortunately it was not picked up in the public as it could have been and we were unsuccessful. Caitlan is obviously, understandably devastated, but is now coming to terms with saying a fond farewell to her beloved sports, and preparing for surgery. Thank you all so much.

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  • Jackie Moss4 days ago
    Jackie Moss

    Jackie Moss

    4 days ago

    Good morning everyone. So we have now tried our very last avenue to help raise the funds for Caitlan's surgery and had no luck. So this now means that surgery on the NHS is definite. We would like to return the money that everyone has donated the best that we can. Please can you let us know how you would like us to do this. If we do not hear from you we will assume you are happy for us to distribute them as we see fit. Please contact us asap regarding reimbursement.

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  • Jackie Moss11 days ago
    Jackie Moss

    Jackie Moss

    11 days ago

    Good morning. Just a little update. So, yesterday, we had an appointment at the RMCH for what we thought was a follow up. However, this was Caitlan's pre-op and she is booked for spinal fusion on the 30th August 2018. This leaves 2 options, 1) raise the funds within the next 2 weeks, (or at least know that we can) or 2) admit defeat and give up on Caitlan's dream to compete for her country. Obviously we won't give up until the very last moment, but we are trying to be practical. We need your help more now than ever. Please share.

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Page last updated on: 8/16/2018 7:42 AM

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  • Ana Mitea

    Ana Mitea

    Aug 15, 2018

    Best of luck. Everything is possible, just believe!

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 10, 2018

    Good luck x

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 10, 2018

    £5.00

  • Aiden Millington

    Aiden Millington

    Aug 9, 2018

    £5.00

  • Suzanne Stockham

    Suzanne Stockham

    Aug 7, 2018

    £30.00

  • Deborah Sollien

    Deborah Sollien

    Jul 21, 2018

    Good luck. Sorry it’s not much, but I will donate again. Love from the Sollien family XX

    £10.00

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    Anonymous

    Jul 14, 2018

    #charityninja

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Jackie Moss

Jackie Moss

Swinton, Manchester, UK

Caitlan is a confident, independent 14 year old with a passion for singing and sports. She is a happy girl who loves the outdoors and is an adrenaline junkie. She is strong and determined and so optimistic, and we want to help her stay that way.

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