Isla is a typical 3 year old little girl who loves dressing up in pretty little dresses and playing with her little sister, Thea aged 14 months.
Isla is quite shy but once she gets to know you she is very talkative. She likes to paint, do arts and crafts, singing and baking. Isla loves her visits to Little Rascals Play centre. She certainly doesn’t let her disability stop her from having fun in life and always has a smile on her face.
She has a type of cerebral palsy called Spastic diplegia.
This affects her leg muscles and makes them tight all the time. Due to the spastic muscles, she is not able to put her feet flat and therefore walks on her toes and this in turn causes poor balance making it difficult for her to walk and do every day normal thigs. She struggles to keep up with her friends at preschool. Simple things like jumping and going up and down the stairs are hard for her and she cannot do it without help.
There's an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) which is the only procedure that can permanently remove the tightness in Isla's legs. This operation will be done in USA and requires 2-years of intensive physiotherapy to ensure the operation is fully successful. The NHS don't fund this operation or follow up physiotherapy. The family have been fundraising to enable Isla to have this operation at a cost of £60,000 for this life changing opportunity.
We will be holding fundraising events to help towards the cost of post-operative intense physiotherapy that Isla will need for two years to ensure the operation is fully successful.
"The fact that the Little Rascals Foundation have pledged to help us with the post-op physio has taken a big worry away from us all and allowed Isla to finally have this life changing treatment!"
Jonathan and Lai-Chen Marshall - Isla's parents