Fenland family launch appeal to help toddler Bonnie receive specialist treatment
The Fenland family of a toddler who suffered severe brain damage at birth has launched a Gofundme page to provide specialist therapy to help her.
Bonnie Wiseman, two, was starved of oxygen when the placenta came away from the womb before she was born.
As a consequence, the little girl was left with numerous complications, including Quad Dystonic Cerebral Palsy, which means she has very little movement in her body and limbs.
She was given a very low chance of survival after the birth but, two years on, she is going strong and her parents, Steph and David Wiseman, are keen to get her all the help they can.
Her grandparents, Kevin and Sheila Edwards, of Manea, and Gill Fisher, of Chatteris, are helping the couple with fundraising to provide MAES Therapy.
Bonnie’s condition means she is unable to sit, roll, crawl, walk or talk, she needs to be fed through a tube because she is unable to swallow and needs regular suction to keep her airways clear.
Her older sisters Daisy, nine, and eight-year-old Honey, both know how to take care of Bonnie and happily help feed her.
The family hope the specialist treatment will enable Bonnie to have some movement as she grows up and have already seen what could be achieved as Bonnie has started to move her arms and legs following just six hours of the therapy.
Sheila said: “It is unbelievable how she can move her arms and legs already. It may not look much, but she couldn’t do anything before the MAES Therapy.
“But each session is expensive, costing over £90 an hour, and so we want to raise around £9,600 so Bonnie can have two hours of therapy a week for a year at the MAES Therapy Centre in London.
“Bonnie is a happy little girl and loves playing with her sisters and their dog Patrick. She has a beautiful smile and loves cuddles. It would be wonderful if she could enjoy better mobility – it would give her a better quality of life.”
To donate visit: Gofundme or for more information visit: www.facebook.com/bonniesfund
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