Physio funding hopes to help paralysed Helen
THE family of a woman who has been left paralysed by a rare neurological disorder say they need more funding to access vital physiotherapy.
Helen Fincham from Pencoed was left devastated when, aged just 21, she ended up paralysed after waking up with what she thought was just a sore neck.
Doctors eventually diagnosed her with transverse myelitis, a rare neurological disorder which causes inflammation to both sides of one section of the spinal cord. The exact cause is unknown although it can be linked to viral or bacterial infections.
Helen spent months in rehabilitation at Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff and for the last two years has been undergoing physiotherapy in the hope of regaining some of her independence.
But the 23-year-old’s father Steve Fincham said Helen needs to have daily physiotherapy sessions if she is going to have any chance of meeting her goal.
Steve said: “With only a small amount of funds available weekly physio is limited to two sessions where really she needs this type of physio daily.
“Helen is still wheelchair-bound and reliant on carers and nurses, family and friends to help her get out and about.
“We would love to see Helen get better at mobility quicker but this isn’t going to happen overnight and we know we need to concentrate on physio, day by day, without tiring Helen out and overdoing it.”
Josie Aitken, clinic manager at Neuro Physio Wales in Bridgend where Helen receives her treatment, has stepped up to organise a fundraising event to raise the cash Helen needs.
Josie, 25, said: “When Helen was starting in Rookwood her mum had phoned and inquired about our services.
“She said she had done a fundraiser last year and it was amazing but things are starting to run low and she was starting to worry about money.
“Ideally we’d want to encourage her independence.”
The event, being held on June 15 at Tondu Cricket Club, is already proving popular, with businesses donating items for the silent auction.
Treats on offer include makeovers, a month’s membership at Porthcawl Health and Fitness, a voucher for two medium breakfasts at Notty’s Cafe, and a meal for two at Double Zero Pizza Porthcawl.”