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Sonny Ebdale - Let's Help Sonny Battle Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Cause page created in the Health category by Jim Bryant for Renee Niland

$555 donated
Given by 12 generous donors in around 12 months

Six-year-old Sonny Ebdale was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in June. Let's help give Sonny the quality of life he deserves.

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On the 6th June 2019 at Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital, Sonny's mother Renee was told the most devastating news.

Sonny was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Now, if you haven't heard of it you probably wondering what Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is. DMD is a disease that affects all the muscles of the body - the arms, hands, legs, and feet.

Over time his respiratory system fail and when it does worsen he will need to use a mechanical ventilation. DMD also affects facial muscles, which will make it difficult for Sonny to chew and swallow. This followed by heart issues like cardiomyopathy which lead to heart failure and arrhythmia. This devastating disease also causes back problems like lordosis and scoliosis and eventually the need for back surgery.

Also affected is the brain, which can cause intellectual disabilities, behaviour issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, ADD, and Autism. Typically boys like Sonny diagnosed with DMD loose their ability to walk between the ages of 10 and 14. Sonny will loose most of his upper body strength, including the ability to move his arms, by his late teens.

During Sonny's teenage years, he will need respiratory support at night. Over time, his respiratory system will weaken and he will require more constant support.

Medical data suggest that young men with DMD survive only into their 20s.

Let's give Sonny the best quality of life possible.

Jim Bryant's involvement (page creator)

Sonny is a really good family friend of mine. I have setup his website to try raise some funds for him and his family. He has only just been diagnosed with DMD, so I would like to make sure he has funds available when he needs them.

Use of funds

All funds raised will be going directly to Sonny. Money will be spent on helping provide him a better quality of life such as entertainment, family travel and accommodation.

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Latest update

Change of use of funds  29 August 2019

Posted by: Jim Bryant

We are changing the use of funds as a number of things mentioned are covered by the Ministry of Health. The use of funds will now be spent on helping provide Sonny more quality of life in these early stages while he doesn't need the aid of a wheelchair.

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Latest donations

Syriah on 02 Sep 2019
Vik on 28 Aug 2019
Sue on 24 Aug 2019
Julie on 24 Aug 2019
Christine on 24 Aug 2019
Hope this helps mate. Wish I had more to give. Love u xx

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Jim Bryant's avatar
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Paying to a verified bank account of Renee Niland

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