Welcome to Poppy's Ride.
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Please take the time to read what follows: this is your chance to make a difference!
Poppy's Ride takes place in September 2012 over twelve days. The group involved will be riding the 960 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats; covering distances of 70-96miles a day. Hardly the easiest for thing to do for those that have not experienced road cycling before now.
We're raising money for Leeds Children’s Hospital (specifically Ward 12). The money we raise will be given to the hospital by Poppy as her way of helping babies and families that follow as well as saying a 'thank you' for the world class care she received.
Poppy was born on May 29th 2011 with an extended abdomen. It took the nursing staff eight hours to stabilise her condition so she could be transported to Manchester Royal Infirmary's Intensive Care Unit. Her parents were told to accompany her in the ambulance as everyone feared she would not make it.
Quickly diagnosed as having a Mesenchymal Haematoma on her liver (a tumour, the size of which you can see in the photographs; was causing her extended abdomen). Poppy's condition was serious; she needed round the clock care. She spent eight days in Manchester Royal Infirmary with a nurse by her bed 24 hours a day. After eight days she was transferred to Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) for specialist liver care.
Poppy arrived at the Intensive Care Unit at LGI, on June 7th 2011. Again, receiving round the clock care.
On 17th June Poppy was dealing with her first of many operations. Her first was undergoing a 'resection', a major operation to remove the tumour and with it, a section of her liver.
It was hoped that the remaining liver would be enough to function appropriately and regenerate itself over time. This would be enough for anyone to go through but Poppy was 3 weeks old.
Unfortunately what remained of the liver was not enough for a sustainable function. Poppy required a liver transplant and she was placed on the donor register as a ‘super urgent priority UK’. Most transplant lists are localised but such was the seriousness of Poppy’s condition she topped the list for the whole of the UK.
After a difficult twelve days LGI had found a suitable liver donor for Poppy. An unimaginable experience and life changing decision by an unknown family meant that Poppy could undergo her transplant on June 30 2011.
During the transplant operation Poppy required two separate heart massages. As a result of needing this procedure Poppy has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. That said, Poppy has made it through with flying colours. She’s kept this approach to overcoming all her challenges; she never fails to inspire those around her.
The transplant was done through open surgery which meant she required three more operations over three weeks to close the wound.
Once the wound was closed, after close monitoring and the start of her immune suppressants Poppy was allowed home in time for her big brother Hayden’s 4 Birthday!!
As you can see from the photos’ she’s doing great! Each day that passes Poppy progresses. Her liver has settled nicely in its new home; she’s a very happy, smiley, gorgeous little girl. She celebrates her first birthday and Christening this May; she'd like nothing more than a donation to the hospital on her behalf.
Poppy wants to say thank you and give something back to those that have helped her. She wants to make a difference to the difficult time for babies and their families who are experiencing now, what she did last year. That is why we’re cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats so that Poppy can make a difference - your donation here can help her towards her goal!
Thank you in advance!
Friends of Poppy.
About the ride:
Nearly 1,000 miles over 12 days. Completely self-funded by the riders - this includes all equipment, clothing, accomodation and the bikes. Meaning 100% of your donations (and any potential sponsorship) will go to helping children like Poppy! All spares and supplies will be in a support vehicle. The riders will attemp the ride by cycling every mile! It will be tough!!!
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