Isla the Incredible’s fight for independence to reach her full potential.
Isla is a bright 3 year old girl from Reading who has cerebral palsy and needs a lot of intensive therapies to help her. Most are private and many specialist therapies are based in Europe, America or Australia.
We are so proud to introduce Isla, our bright, beautiful and funny daughter. Isla made a speedy entry to the world but tragically, suffered a hypoxic incident and had to be resuscitated at birth, transferred to another hospital for medical “cooling” and spent the first 5 weeks of her life in intensive care. It was 5 whole days before we were able to hold our precious, much longed-for baby.
Now 3 years old, Isla has oodles of character, laughs and smiles lots and shows so much determination. But, owing to her brain insult, she has quadriplegic cerebral palsy affecting all her gross motor skills and she is not yet able to sit, crawl, roll, or walk unaided. Her ability to speak and swallow are also affected, so her weight gain is very slow. Two and a half years ago she had a special feeding tube inserted into her tummy to help her grow.
Isla has privately funded physiotherapy and other forms of intensive therapy weekly, including conductive education, hydrotherapy and SALT. These therapies are helping increase Isla’s core strength, head control, limb strength and her ability to communicate. The more therapy and access to specialised equipment we can give Isla, especially in the formative years, the more we help her to reach her optimum potential and hopefully allow her some independence.
Intensive therapy is extremely important for children like Isla, but there is little provision for specialist intensive therapy in the UK. Our hope therefore is to make bi-annual trips to NAPA Centres for 3-week blocks of intensive therapy which aim to help Isla build new neural connections and assist her towards sitting unaided, weight bearing and having better control of her upper limbs. Working on her communication skills is also a key goal as, Isla certainly has a lot she wants to say! At present NAPA only have centres in America and Australia.
Isla has an infectious smile, tries SO hard and brings joy to everyone she meets. Helping ‘Isla the Incredible’ to reach her full potential would be the best gift we could ever give her.
We thank you for any support you can offer our incredible little girl.