To raise money to assist with the cost of equipment, physiotherapy and future treatments for Elsie.
Elsie is from Essex and was born in September 2017. At two weeks overdue and having to be induced, her birth became extremely difficult with Elsie being born not able to breath independently for about 20 minutes. She then spent a week on the neonatal ward having to contend with a sepsis and meningitis scare along with having feeding difficulties.
Fortunately Elsie’s health improved and she was allowed to come home at the end of her first week in the world. However, her difficulties at birth have impacted her development since.
Elsie is now 28 months old and after monthly physiotherapy and ongoing monitoring by consultants at our local hospital and Great Ormond Street, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in October 2018.
Although a diagnosis has been made, Elsie’s development and ultimate ability to walk, talk and meet milestones remain uncertain. To ensure that Elsie has the best opportunities for the future, the more experiences and therapies we can give her during these early years of development, we hope, will help her as she grows.
With this in mind, we are keen to increase Elsie’s physiotherapy sessions and during 2019 enrolled her with a private physiotherapist. She also took part in a number of extracurricular activities including music therapy, Sing and Sign classes and Speech Therapy. We would like to be able to maintain this level of activity throughout 2020 and consider other therapies that will assist in other aspects of her development such as Hydrotherapy.
Given that Elsie’s development remains uncertain, so too does our understanding of what additional equipment she may need as she grows. This all comes at a cost that as a family, despite both working, we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet these costs ourselves so this is what led us to starting this fundraising campaign in 2019.
As Elsie’s parents we really want to ensure Elsie has the best opportunities in life so we are seeking to raise money for Just4Children to assist with the costs of the additional therapies and equipment that she may need now and in the future.