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    Weʼve raised £68,539 to buy essential equipment & to help fund long term medical care for Poppy age 6, who has been left paralysed & unable to communicate

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    Gullane, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Tuesday, 14th March 2017

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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

      Team Poppy will move on towards a new appeal which will allow donations from Charitable Trusts. It not closing, just opening up the avenues of future fundraising via potential Grant applications as well as larger fundraising Events that can take advantage of ‘gift aid’ donations. To allow us to fundraise under the banner of an umbrella charity and to claim ‘gift aid’, Team Poppy is now partnering with Tree of Hope. a registered charity. Find out more info here http://www.treeofhope.org.uk/team-poppy/ or email teampoppycomms@gmail.com. xx

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    • Friends of Laura and Mark

      Friends of Laura and Mark

      9 days ago

      Friends of Laura and Mark

      It is also funding specialised taxi transport of Poppy from the Sick Kids hospital home to Gullane for a few hours each weekend. Poppy’s therapists have also identified other useful pieces of equipment (not funded by the NHS) to help with Poppy’s rehabilitation, mobility, communication and comfort. TeamPoppy funds will help purchase these items for Poppy. The Team Poppy appeal will move on towards a new appeal which will allow donations from Charitable Trusts. CTD...

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    • Friends of Laura and Mark

      Friends of Laura and Mark

      9 days ago

      Friends of Laura and Mark

      Thank you so much to the Tuesday Walkers of East Lothian for their very generous donation and for all the other donations over the last few weeks. It has been 120 days since Team Poppy launched this Crowd Funding page and we have been blown away by each and every one of you, you have ALL contributed to this amazing total of over £68,500. THANK YOU a hundred times THANK YOU :) The money raised so far has been used to purchase an iPad for Poppy plus a communication app to allow her to have a voice. CTD....

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    • Friends of Laura and Mark

      Friends of Laura and Mark

      22 days ago

      Friends of Laura and Mark

      Over £68,000! Thank you's go to Suzie Irvine and her amazing Great Winter Run effort raising £320, Poppy's Great Grandad (Bampa) who organised a Raffle at The New Inn in Morecambe raising £360 (Jan and customers thank you so much), Wez McGill for organising donations from The Grapes, The Oddfellows and Top House pubs in Eccles, Manchester totalling £464, The Gullane Social for raising £124 this week and Owens Builders in Swinton for their £100 donation. The Smiths remain eternally thankful to ALL who have contributed to this page for Poppy x

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    • Muriel Cochran

      Muriel Cochran

      Mar 7, 2017

      very best wishes from the Tuesday Walkers, East Lothian

      £300.00

    • Emma Haigh

      Emma Haigh

      Mar 6, 2017

      Sorry this is a bit late Laura - thinking of you all and wishing Poppy well in her recovery xx

      £25.00

    • Claire & Roy

      Claire & Roy

      Mar 3, 2017

      Wishing lots of love and best wishes for a continued improvement. Amazing, Strong, Beautiful Poppy and Family! 🌸💜 xXx

      £50.00

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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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