Parents launch appeal for six-year-old who is paralysed from waist down

A massive fundraising drive has been launched to help a little girl with a spinal condition which has left her paralysed from the waist down.

Amelia Stanco, of Kinmel Bay, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

The six-year-old has problems with her bladder and bowels. As a result, she has to use a catheter every three hours. Her desperate parents, Sylwia and Artur, want to raise £13,000 to send Amelia for stem cell transplantation in Poland – a treatment which could improve their daughter’s health.

Sylwia and Artur have lived in Kinmel Bay for nine years and have spent more than 10 years in the UK after moving from the Eastern European country.

Sylwia, 39 said: “During the 21st week of pregnancy, we were told that she would be very poorly. When we had the first scan, we were told that her brain is not developing – that she will not walk, not sit or do anything.

“Amelia has a lot of problems but she is doing much much better than the doctors expected.”

Amelia, a pupil at Ysgol y Foryd, was born at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. An hour after her birth, she had to be transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where she spent three months.

Sylwia added: “She had an operation, a shunt in her head to drain water fluid off her brain.

”She was very poorly. She has come on from that now. She has no power in her legs but the biggest issue we have is the toilet. Every three hours Amelia needs a catheter.

“We’ve heard that stem cell treatment can help and that is what we hope. It is very difficult. Amelia is smiling constantly. She is a happy child and deserves everything.”

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