Family must raise �15,000 in six weeks for girl’s operation

�A Romford girl’s family must raise �15,000 by the end of February so she can have an operation to take her first steps.

Ellie-Louise Sudbury, nine, was diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy as a child. The condition means the muscles in her arms and legs are tight and painful. She cannot walk and uses a wheelchair.

She is hoping to have a selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure in Missouri, USA, on her spinal cord and legs, followed by intensive therapy.

Therapy

The operation will involve cutting a nerve in her spine and then operating on the muscles in both her legs. She will need a month of therapy after the operation to help her walk.


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Family and friends have raised �30,000 for the operation through fundraising events over the past few months.

Her mum Siobhan Stevens, of Gobions Avenue, Romford, said: “We have now received Ellie’s operation date – March 9. We are at �30,000 and have to pay for her surgery by the end of next month.

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“We desperately need to raise the rest as Ellie will not be able to have the operation.

“We know it is a lot of money, but we have raised so much already, and just need that extra push.”

The group’s next fundraising event will be a race night on February 18 at the Aspen Tree pub, in Romford and a bag packing event at M&S on the same day.

They have previously held sponsored walks, a Zumbathon, sponsored waxing and a sponsored skip at Ellie-Louise’s school Parklands Junior School in September.

She has also been the focus of The New Inn Pub in Gidea Park, where staff have helped to raise funds on charity nights.

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