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£63,999raised of £40,000 target by 1467 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
51 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

    9 days ago

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    If you would like to get in touch with any of the Team Poppy Admin staff then do please email teampoppycomms@gmail.com and one of us will get back to you just as soon as we can. Thank you Team Poppy Admin

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  • Friends of Laura and Mark

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    10 days ago

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    Thank you's this week to Lily-Rose and her friends for their donations instead of a Birthday present, thank you to Keeley Parlour and Tantastic for their sweet jar donations, Amy and Beas donation for their amazing busking in Gullane and for all the individual donations that keep coming in. Just be sure when you make your donations from Fundraising Events that you highlight the origin of the funds so we can cross reference with our proposed Fundraising Event Team Poppy Sheet! Team Poppy email address coming soon, thanks all so much x

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  • Friends of Laura and Mark

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    18 days ago

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    Wishing all donators to Poppy's page a Very Happy New Year! Thank you so much for the continued donations over the Christmas period, more CD sales, individual donations, the amazing collection from the congregation of Gullane Parish Church, Kerry Biskup for the Hamper collection from her Hair Salon and our very generous anonymous Bride and Groom who so kindly gave a £1,000 donation from their wedding. You are all incredibly kind and your donations mean so very much. Please keep sharing this page if you can x

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2 months ago

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  • Calum and Laura

    Calum and Laura

    Jan 22, 2017

    Well done to Holly and all the other spinners on your achievement! Xx

    £10.00

  • The Hannans xx

    The Hannans xx

    Jan 22, 2017

    Well done Holly and the rest of Team Poppy, fantastic effort! xx

    £20.00

  • Jay and Dawn Crawford

    Jay and Dawn Crawford

    Jan 21, 2017

    Well done Team Spinathon!

    £10.00

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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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