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£51,038raised of £40,000 target by 1222 supporters

Weʼre raising £40,000 to buy essential equipment & to help fund long term medical care for Poppy age 6, who has been left paralysed & unable to communicate

Location
Gullane, United Kingdom
Time left
97 days to go

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Poppy is a typical 6 year old. She has just started Primary 2 & loves arts & crafts, playing outside with her friends & trying to master cartwheels at gymnastics, she also loves fairies!

On 21 September 2016 everything changed. Poppy was off school the day before with mild cold symptoms. The next morning she was unable to swallow & her right arm was paralysed. By the time she arrived at the hospital the paralysis had progressed & over the course of 12 hours she was unable to move her neck, both upper limbs; was unable to breathe for herself and was weak in her torso and both legs.

Tests revealed that Poppy was suffering from Acute Flaccid Myelitis. This very rare condition is a complication of a common virus & causes inflammation & damage to the grey matter of the spinal cord. This means that the nerves taking messages from Poppy’s brain to her muscles are not working & this renders her paralysed. Unfortunately in Poppy’s case the muscles affected are those controlling speech, swallowing & breathing; as well as control of her limbs & some of her facial muscles.

In order to keep Poppy alive she was taken to intensive care & 7 weeks on remains ventilated & intubated through a tracheostomy in her neck. She has already been affected with many complications of AFM.

Her brain is completely unaffected so Poppy understands everything that is happening but is unable to speak as her voice is absent due to a combination of the AFM & endotracheal tube, her communication is reliant on her parents ability to lip read.

However, Poppy is alive, still smiling & is a courageous, brave, bright & strong little girl with a life ahead. Recovery is uncertain but she will require long-term home ventilation, 24 hour care, adaptations to her home to enable wheelchair access, hoists & other equipment.

We would like to raise as much as possible to help with some of these expenses, especially to enable her communication & mobility with Digital Comms Technology & a Wheelchair.

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  • Friends of Laura and Mark

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    8 days ago

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    Last weekend was a big weekend for Team Poppy with so many local fundraising Events taking place in Manchester and here in East Lothian. A Gymnastics bake sale, a Hockey Festival raffle & bake sale, Greg's McKay's leaving contributions, Poppys close family holding a fundraiser in Walkden Town Centre, Gullane Playgroup PJ party! We can't thank you all enough, the sense of community is amazing and we still encourage you to keep sharing this page far and wide. Poppy still needs our help and support for her long term medical care. Thank you.

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  • Friends of Laura and Mark

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    13 days ago

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    Having now reached the £45,000 mark, it is absolutely unbelievable just how many people have donated to this incredible total. All 1142 of you are now members of Team Poppy and every penny that you have donated will go towards a brighter future for Poppy. Such heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for your donations to date, we would still like to keep raising as much as possible so do please keep sharing this page far and wide. Thank you so much for all your kindness and generosity to date x

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  • Friends of Laura and Mark

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    16 days ago

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    Thank you so much for your continued donations to this page. Although we have reached our initial target of £40,000, we are looking at long term care plus all the equipment Poppy will need in the future so it is really important to keep giving and sharing this page please if you can. Every penny counts and will be utilised to help Poppy in every way we can. Thank you so much from all of Team Poppy in helping to give Poppy her voice and to help her long term care xx

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  • Jeanette Peers

    Jeanette Peers

    Dec 6, 2016

    Sending lots of love hopeing you raise lots of money to get all the support you need xx

    £10.00

  • Kirsty White

    Kirsty White

    Dec 6, 2016

    Gullane Drama Families Christmas Drama Shows/Team Poppy Fundraiser. Poppy attended drama classes prior to being admitted to hospital. We hope to have you back with us soon Poppy. xxx

    £596.00

  • Fabian Steinmetz

    Fabian Steinmetz

    Dec 6, 2016

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Friends of Laura and Mark

Friends of Laura and Mark

Gullane, United Kingdom

This page has been set up by friends of Laura and Mark, Poppy's parents. They are currently maintaining a round the clock rota to be with Poppy in hospital as well as caring for their other two children. The impact on the family is horrific and life changing, we want to help.

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