Rachel Knowles is fundraising for The Tree of Hope, who offer hope to the families of sick children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment in order to free them from suffering, giving a better quality to their young lives.
Matilda is desperate for the SDR operation so she can full fill her dreams of ballet classes and walking on her own. An available slot has become available between January and march 2014 for self funding but they need to raise £25,648 as soon as possible for the operation itself and 2 weeks hospital care.
The procedure is Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which is currently not a NHS funded operation. Matilda is under Great Ormond Street Hospital who applied for funding from NHS England but this was refused. Matilda is 5 years old and has a twin brother Matthew and were born 10 weeks premature.
At the present Matilda cannot walk unaided without falling over onto her knees and needs to use a walking frame or walking sticks to maintain her mobility.
Without this operation her consultants have informed her parents that it is highly likely Matilda will be wheelchair bound and will need many more operations on her lower limbs. Matilda is a very pretty and happy little girl who along with Matthew love playing and enjoy life to the full!
Your donations, no matter how small, will make a big difference in maintaining Matilda’s mobility and preventing her from facing the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Should they exceed the target amount or if they do not raise enough funds or if they cannot be used for any other reason the funds raised will go to general funds of Tree of Hope for other sick Children