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Georgina's Journey to walk unaided

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Siobhan Allen for "Georgina"


$32,711 of $100,000 goal

Given by 148 generous donors in one year

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Help us raise the funds needed to pay for life changing surgery for our little girl.

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  Marlborough Special Travel Treatment Disability

Our twins, Georgina and Olivia,were born in Christchurch at 25 weeks and had a literally shaky start to life, as they were born 13 hours before the February 2011 earthquake. But we have always considered ourselves so very lucky, because they survived all their set backs  and we were able to bring them both home five months after their birth.

But the journey did not stop there. Because of a brain bleed following her birth, Georgina was diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia. The spasticity in her legs is reduced through medication and 6 monthly botox injections, however, this is not a long-term solution. Already the spasticity has caused Georgina’s hips to become deformed and she will need to undergo hip reconstruction in a few years’ time.

Georgina has had to work hard to do the things we take for granted, like walking, eating and talking and as she has gotten older the gap between her sister and friends has been widening. So, we began to ask what other treatments were available to her, which was when we were told about a specialist spinal surgery called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. After looking into it we found out that Georgina is a very good candidate for the surgery.

Performed at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, they will permanently cut the highly spastic nerves in her spine, leaving the good ones intact. A week later she will have orthopedic surgery to lengthen the tendons in her legs. Together, these surgeries will allow Georgina to learn to walk properly, run, jump and dance because the spasticity in her legs will be permanently reduced. She has such determination to participate to the fullest in her life, she loves to sing and dance and won’t be left out of anything her sister or friends are doing. This surgery will give her that chance. One outcome we have been told to expect is her ability to walk independently in all environments, which will mean no walker or wheelchair.

Because this surgery is not funded we need to raise the $100,000 needed for the surgery, but we are determined to get Georgie there and give her the best chance of reaching her full potential.

Siobhan Allen's involvement (page creator)

Georgina's parents

Use of funds

Funds raised will be used to pay for Hospital costs, post-operative rehabilitation, flights and travel expenses to and from St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the USA.

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  • Joy and Greer

    Joy and Greer on 26 Jan 2018

    $100

    Georgina...your smile would light up any room..you are so precious to your beautiful sister and yo your wonderful mother. We have three little grand daughters who, just like you, are full of courage and expectation and so we know that you will take your challenge and give it your all. With Much love;Joy and Greer

    $100

  • Logan

    Logan on 25 Dec 2017

    $175

    Merry Christmas, and a happy 2018! I hope this goes a small way to getting the required surgery for your daugher. Best Wishes, Logan

    $175

  • David

    David on 07 Dec 2017

    $30

    Best wishes and good luck!

    $30

  • Auckland Movie Fundraiser

    Auckland Movie Fundraiser on 07 Dec 2017

    $500

    It’s not quite the target amount hoped for but we’re very grateful to be able to contribute to Georgie’s journey. Much love, your Auckland fans xx

    $500

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 28 Nov 2017

    $20

    Wishing you all the best to reach your target and get Georgina to the States for this treatment.

    $20


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This page was created on 13 Mar 2017 and closed on 31 Mar 2018.
$32,711 of $100,000 goal

Given by 148 generous donors in one year

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