Just4Children are raising money for therapies, medical and specialist equipment and home adaptions to help make daily life easier for Dexter and to help manage the effects of cerebral palsy.
Dexter and his twin brother Jackson surprised us all by arriving on the day of my baby shower 8 weeks before their due date. They were absolutely gorgeous and so tiny weighing little over 3lbs each.
During their 6 week stay in the neonatal unit, routine brain scans showed Dexter had suffered brain damage which eventually lead to his diagnosis of cerebral palsy when he was around 6 months old.
As Dexter grew it became more evident how severe his cerebral palsy is and how much it would affect him. His cerebral palsy affects his whole body and he ranges from having low and high tone which makes him need full support when sitting or standing and also having extremely tight muscles which can be uncomfortable, painful and makes it hard for him to carry out basic tasks. Dexter needs full support in all aspects of daily life.
From the age of 6 months Dexter has had input from physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotics, orthopaedics to name a few and has needed equipment such as wheelchairs, toilet seating and standing frames.
As many people already know NHS services are massively under staffed and under funded and the equipment they can provide is basic and not always sufficient. We have found that there are a massive range of resources and equipment out there to support children like Dexter but they all come with a large price tag.
We are raising money for Just4Children to provide Dexter access to private physiotherapy, alternative therapies, specialist equipment and home adaptions to help with daily life and medical supplies.
Having the funds to purchase these items and get the services when Dexter needs them will make a massive difference to his quality of life and ensure nothing holds our amazing boy back.