VIDEO: Sophie needs £40,000 for 'magic legs'

Bournemouth Echo: Gemma Thompson with her daughter Sophie, six, who has cerebral palsy Gemma Thompson with her daughter Sophie, six, who has cerebral palsy

SIX-YEAR-OLD Sophie Thompson’s simple dream is to have “magic legs” and be able to play with her little brother Ryan.

Instead she has to crawl around her Bournemouth home or be carried by her parents, relying on a wheelchair and walking frame to move around at school.

Born prematurely at Poole Hospital, Sophie was diagnosed with spastic diplegia – cerebral palsy – when she was 16 months old.

 

Her mother Gemma, 26, said: “Our lives changed forever that day; it was a lot to take in.

“We were living in a first-floor flat and had to move to a new home which has been specially adapted for Sophie.”

Her dad Michael, 28, from Talbot Village, said: “Despite having tight muscles and permanently stiff legs Sophie pushes herself to the limit.

“She has had to spend most of her life on the floor.

“Her natural foot position is on her tiptoes. Without assistance she can’t walk, stand, run, jump, balance or climb and needs to wear splints to force her feet to the floor and have intensive physiotherapy every day.

“Despite being in pain Sophie never complains and is a beautiful, happy little girl.”

There is now hope that the inspiring St Mark’s primary school pupil could walk unaided.

She has been assessed by medical experts at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and is suitable for selective dorsal rhizotomy, a spinal operation which could reduce the stiffness in her legs and give her more movement. Michael said: “It’s a big operation, with risks, but Sophie is at the right age for the treatment.

“It would improve her quality of life; possibly curing 90 per cent of the spasticity.

“The only thing standing in the way of her having a normal childhood is money.”

Gemma said: “The Dorset PCT is unable to fund the operation so we are determined to raise £40,000 to pay for the treatment and aftercare.

“The operation will change Sophie’s life forever and we are hoping that she can undergo surgery in July.”

The family has now launched a fundraising campaign for Sophie who excitedly told the Daily Echo: “After my operation I’m going to have magic legs and will be able to walk like Ryan.”

To make Sophie’s dream come true visit mymagiclegs.co.uk Donations can also be made by visiting justgiving.com/mymagiclegs, by text at SOPH75 to 70070 or by phoning 07999 456918.

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2:56pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Azphreal says...

After seeing some of the posts in this paper attacking the sick and disabled i am looking forward to seeing what is put for this story. Its a pity that this family has to raise the money for this operation and if they do i hope it works and gives this child the ability to do what other children take for granted.
After seeing some of the posts in this paper attacking the sick and disabled i am looking forward to seeing what is put for this story. Its a pity that this family has to raise the money for this operation and if they do i hope it works and gives this child the ability to do what other children take for granted. Azphreal
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3:11pm Tue 5 Feb 13

suzigirl says...

Stories like this make me angry. The NHS should be paying for this operation to give this lovely child a better life. Her parents should not have to go cap in hand to raise the money themselves!

Charities raised millions of pounds for children overseas when there are children in this country that need help as well!
Stories like this make me angry. The NHS should be paying for this operation to give this lovely child a better life. Her parents should not have to go cap in hand to raise the money themselves! Charities raised millions of pounds for children overseas when there are children in this country that need help as well! suzigirl
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6:09pm Tue 5 Feb 13

fletch for manager says...

Yet another example of failing our own people, yet we are quite happy to send millions abroad.. Charity should begin at home. Good luck in raising the money,
Yet another example of failing our own people, yet we are quite happy to send millions abroad.. Charity should begin at home. Good luck in raising the money, fletch for manager
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6:24pm Tue 5 Feb 13

skydriver says...

suzigirl wrote:
Stories like this make me angry. The NHS should be paying for this operation to give this lovely child a better life. Her parents should not have to go cap in hand to raise the money themselves!

Charities raised millions of pounds for children overseas when there are children in this country that need help as well!
Very well said I totally agree with you.Its time to look after our own people first, and this little person should be treated to what she needs ASAP .
I wish this brave little girl all the very best.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: Stories like this make me angry. The NHS should be paying for this operation to give this lovely child a better life. Her parents should not have to go cap in hand to raise the money themselves! Charities raised millions of pounds for children overseas when there are children in this country that need help as well![/p][/quote]Very well said I totally agree with you.Its time to look after our own people first, and this little person should be treated to what she needs ASAP . I wish this brave little girl all the very best. skydriver
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