Your help needed for Elsie’s jour­ney to walk

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Cm Insider -

CM is ask­ing read­ers for their sup­port with rais­ing funds to help a se­verely dis­abled lit­tle girl get the med­i­cal at­ten­tion she needs to be able to walk. Elsie-mae Barker is the daugh­ter of Ja­son Barker and Cerys Carter. Ja­son is a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment rep with Au­to­mo­tive Brands, which en­com­passes such fa­mil­iar brands as Cat­a­clean, Power Maxed, Mo­tul and Araldite.

Elsie was born in Novem­ber 2016 and suf­fers from Spas­tic Di­ple­gia Cere­bral Palsy, which af­fects her abil­ity to walk and even sit un­aided. The only hope for Elsie to ever be able to walk is a pro­ce­dure to sur­gi­cally re­duce mus­cle stiff­ness called Selec­tive Dor­sal Rhi­zo­tomy, which in­volves open­ing the spinal canal in the up­per lum­bar re­gion so that up to 75% of the sen­sory nerve roots can be di­vided to re­duce spas­tic­ity.

This pro­ce­dure is not avail­able on the NHS, with even pri­vate health care or­gan­i­sa­tions in the UK only agree­ing to op­er­ate on less se­verely af­fected suf­fer­ers of Spas­tic Di­ple­gia Cere­bral Palsy clas­si­fied as Gates 1-3. Un­for­tu­nately, Elsie-mae’s dis­abil­ity is classed as Gate 4, mean­ing the only op­tion for her to un­dergo this life-chang­ing op­er­a­tion is to travel to St Louis Hospi­tal, Mis­souri in the United States, where the op­er­a­tion will cost £60,000.

Elsie’s mum and dad have been hold­ing a num­ber of spe­cial events to raise funds for the op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing char­ity foot­ball matches, horse shows and even a spon­sored sky­dive.

Any­one who would like to help can do­nate on Elsie’s Just­giv­ing page at https://just4chil­dren.org/chil­dren-helped2018/elsies-jour­ney-to-walk/ or get in touch via Au­to­mo­tive Brands on 01789 330668. All do­na­tions, ad­vice and gen­eral as­sis­tance will greatly ap­pre­ci­ated from all at Au­to­mo­tive Brands and Car Me­chan­ics.

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