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In 2015 Ollie and Amelia Carroll from Poynton, Cheshire were diagnosed with the ultra rare life limiting neurodegenerative CNL2 Batten Disease.

CNL2 Batten Disease robs seemingly healthy children of their abilities one by one until ultimately taking their life.

Life expectancy is between six and twelve years.

Children with CNL2 Batten Disease are born healthy, symptoms of the disease do not appear until around the age of three when speech delay and seizures occur.

For almost two years Ollie and Amelia’s parents, Mike and Lucy fought for access to a treatment which was proving to slow down the progression of this disease.

Eventually Ollie and Amelia were granted access to this ground breaking treatment on the grounds of compassionate use at Great Ormond Street Hospital London, funded by the pharmaceutical company Biomarin.

The treatment which replaces the missing enzymes within the brain of a child with CNL2 Batten Disease consists of a four hour long brain infusion every two weeks.

Heartbreakingly during the fight for treatment Ollie now thirteen lost his ability to walk and talk. He is now fed via a feeding tube which goes directly into his stomach, devistatingly Ollie is now blind.

At the time of starting treatment Amelia became the youngest child in the UK and one of the youngest in the world to receive enzyme replace treatment for CNL2 Batten Disease.

At the age of three Amelia had brain surgery just months after her big brother Ollie and began her battle against battens.

As Amelia was able to access treatment at such a young age it has meant that the disease has been kept at bay for many years.

Devastatingly over the last couple of years Amelia has also become blind and in turn this has impacted on her mobility.

Amelia has spent the last two years learning how to adapt to life with no sight.

It has been extremely heartbreaking to watch but her strength continues to inspire.

It is only due to the fact Amelia was able to access treatment at such a young age she is still able to eat orally, communicate through speech and attend school daily. Something which was taken away from her big brother at the age of just six.

After a lengthy battle by Ollie and Amelia’s parents and others including professionals at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and The Batten Disease Family Association which resulted in Mike and Lucy personally taking legal action against The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence. The treatment for CNL2 Batten Disease became available in September 2019 on the NHS for all children with CNL2 Batten Disease in England under a five year managed Access Agreement.

This five year period ends in November this year. Over the next seven months the family will be facing a new battle to fight for this treatment to be allowed to continue on the NHS not just for Ollie and Amelia but for other children battling from CNL2 Batten Disease in the UK.

None us know what the future holds for Ollie and Amelia or if this treatment will be able to continue.

Ollie has already beaten the odds by surviving past his life expectancy. He is our hero ❤️

Our aim now is to make everyday count, provide Ollie and Amelia everything they need to make their lives more comfortable and a little easier, to create memories with them and their siblings and to raise the much needed awareness of this ultra rare disease in the hope of preventing other families facing the same fight that we have had.

We thank everyone who supports us during this journey. Our hearts are broken but whilst our children continue to fight we will be right beside them fighting with them.

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    • Susie Sidley

      Susie Sidley

      Jul 24, 2024

      Lily and her friends at Vernon school took part in a charity day, they had a stall with lots of fun activities! Lily chose to donate her share to Ollie’s Army!

      £16.50

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      Anonymous

      Jul 23, 2024

      £10.00

    • Audrey Townley

      Audrey Townley

      Jul 21, 2024

      A little donation from Ben’s Grandma xx

      £50.00

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      Tilly

      Jul 12, 2024

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    • Ellie, Sophie, Amy and Charlie from Vernon Primary

      Ellie, Sophie, Amy and Charlie from Vernon Primary

      Jul 6, 2024

      We raised money at Yr6 enterprise day. We had a fun stall called Sponge in the Face!

      £26.00

    • Sue Aldridge

      Sue Aldridge

      Jul 6, 2024

      Eloise Riley sponsored swim

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      Sinead and Matt Chorlton

      Jul 6, 2024

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