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£66,776raised of £40,000 target by 1510 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

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Gullane, United Kingdom
Time left
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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

    12 days ago

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    Poppy has been battling lots of infections of late, but still she soldiers on with her physically draining rehab with a smile on her face. We need to get her home asap to Laura, Mark, Alex and Jess so please keep doing all you are doing people. The equipment needed for Poppy to be able to come back home along with round the clock care is desperately expensive and various equipment is needed, some of which will be purchased with the funds raised on this page. But we still need to keep going, please keep sharing this page far and wide. ThankUx

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  • Friends of Laura and Mark

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    12 days ago

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    It's been a while since the last update but we have surpassed £66,000 - AMAZING?! A huge amount from the spinathon, nearly £2,000 raised, well done ladies and gents, just fantastic. In addition, Trev Parlour (married to Poppy's Aunty Zoe) and his team battled through blizzard conditions up Snowdonia and raised £697 - huge effort fellas a brilliant amount of money, thank you so much. Thank you also to the continued donations from strangers, family and friends, it is all going to make a big difference in getting Poppy home, keep sharing xx

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  • Friends of Laura and Mark

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    a month ago

    Friends of Laura and Mark

    It was a busy weekend for Team Poppy fundraising with the amazing Spinathon in Gullane Gym, well done to all those who spun for 6 hours to raise funds for Poppy - huge effort! Thanks to Anita & the Instructors for giving up their time. Also thank you to the pop up Bizarre clothing sale and to all the individual donations that have come in, staggeringly we are over the £64,000 mark. Poppy continues to be in Sick Kids, working so hard on her rehab but her long term medical needs mean we need to keep up the fundraising. Please keep sharing x

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3 months ago

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  • Katherine Monro

    Katherine Monro

    Feb 20, 2017

    £20.00

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    Anonymous

    Feb 17, 2017

    £175.00

  • Tom Stewart-Moore

    Tom Stewart-Moore

    Feb 17, 2017

    £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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