Just4Children need to raise £45,000 for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) and to pay for pre-post operative care and specialist equipment for Marissa.
Marissa is 18 years old from Brighton, she and her twin sister both suffer from cerebral palsy due to premature birth.
Marissa until 6 years ago was able to walk with the aid of tripod sticks. However, this has deteriorated due to the NHS who failed to support her needs in providing orthotics and regular physiotherapy input she required after having her hamstrings and calf muscles lengthened in 2007.
Marissa has to take daily medication to control the pain and spasticity in her legs. Her consultant advised she would benefit from a surgical procedure called selective dorsal rhizotomy. SDR is a major operation on the base of the spine which will take away the spasticity allowing her to move easier and regain her independence back.
The cost of £45,000 includes therapist input, pre-post operative care and specialist equipment.
Marissa is studying travel and tourism and hoping for a carer in the holiday industry in the hope of helping other people with disabilities.
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