Physio fund­ing hopes to help paral­ysed He­len

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - MAR­CUS HUGHES mar­­

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.”

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