Christ­mas fundraiser in aid of Su­per Luca

Bray People - - NEWS -

A cof­fee morn­ing and Christ­mas fair in Grey­stones last week­end raised a grand to­tal of €711.41 for a New­town­moun­tkennedy boy.

Luca Keogh is three years old and has spina bi­fida, hy­dro­cephalus and many other con­di­tions.

To date he has had 16 gen­eral anaes­thet­ics, in­clud­ing eight for brain surg­eries and spent over 50 nights in hos­pi­tal.

Luca was never ex­pected to walk or crawl.

Since last year he has been go­ing to First Step Ther­apy in Lim­er­ick. At first he couldn’t even sit with­out support.

After three weeks in Lim­er­ick he was able to sit up with no support, go from sit­ting to ly­ing and was bum shuf­fling and arm crawl­ing around on the floor.

‘Since then we have been work­ing hard on our home pro­gramme and re­turned to Lim­er­ick in March, May, Septem­ber and Novem­ber. He has done a to­tal of 12 weeks of in­ten­sive physio so far,’ said Luca’s mum Sarah.

She ex­plained that the money raised at the Nazarene church will pay for 9.5 hours of in­ten­sive phys­io­ther­apy.

Luca is now walk­ing with the aid of KAFO splints and a Kaye Walker and he has also learnt to crawl.

‘As you can imag­ine this is truly life chang­ing for Luca who can now keep up with his friends and play games with his sis­ter,’ said Sarah.

‘We need to con­tinue fundrais­ing to bring Luca to First Step Ther­apy.’

Sarah and Luca Keogh with Ros Lynch and Ros Keogh at the fundrais­ing cof­fee morn­ing at Grey­stones Nazarene Com­mu­nity Church on Fri­day.

Zara and Ce­line Walsh, with Ly­dia and Jessica Massey and Kate Roundtree.

Betty Stephen­son at the fundraiser in the Naz cen­tre.

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