Who Am I .....
My name is Abigail. I am 9 years old and live in Bradley Stoke, Bristol. I have Cerebral Palsy mainly affecting my legs. I struggle with balance, sitting, and walking. I can’t join in with some of my favourite hobbies such as football and playing tag with my friends as I can’t run. I have a wheelchair but I wish I did not! I am very dependent on my parents at home and my carers at school but I wish I wasn’t! I want to be as independent as I possibly can now, and for my future life as an adult. Please help me to help myself achieve the best I possibly can and be less disabled.
My Mum was very ill whilst I was in her tummy and I had to be born at Southmead Hospital 14 weeks prematurely. I weighed only 1 lb 3 oz / 536 grams at birth and spent 6 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
Due to my early arrival into the world I had a bleed on my brain resulting in me having Cerebral Palsy.
I have been accepted for an operation (SDR) in St. Louis, Missouri, USA that could change my life forever….!!!!
What Does This Mean To Me .....
At the moment I can’t get off a seat by myself, I can’t get to the toilet or deal with my own personal care. I am now 9 years old, and I want to be able to do these things by myself just like most people can. I am reaching that stage when I am becoming embarrassed yet I still need help getting into and out of the bath. I hate being like this, and this operation could change all that for me with your help. The surgeon in America says that SDR will improve my sitting and standing postures. My walking will improve significantly. I will eventually be able to walk with crutches in all environments. I will have more energy and a greater endurance. The bit I get really excited about is that he says I will be able to walk in doors by myself! I can’t believe it I am so excited! This also means I may be able to live on my own when I’m grown up.
Sponsoring and Donations
If you are a business willing to sponsor to any extent or contribute in anyway whatsoever we will ensure you are recognised on my website and in other communications.
All monies raised will purely be spent on the operation, drugs, and outpatient physiotherapy for myself. My family will be funding flights, accommodation and all living expenses themselves.
Please note "FOOTSTEPS 4 ABIGAIL" is a Not For Profit Organisation and is not a registered charity. We are however supported by Bowsland Green PTA.. Charity number : 1052424 and donations can be made payable to this charity and sent to the treasurer (see address on Contacts page). The Bowsland Green School website has additional details about the PTA and School.
In the event that we are able to exceed our fundraising target all funds will purely be used to fund Post Operational Care and Rehabilitation for Abigail in the UK.