Indie's Little Legs

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Raised by 307 people in 58 months

Indie is a 4 year old girl who has been diagnosed with INAD ( Infantile Nueroaxonal dystrophy).
This means that she will probably pass away before she turns 6.

*A bit of Indie's history*

Indie used to crawl, say words and cruise until she was 20 months and then started regressing. She has been previously misdiagnosed with Hypotonic cerebral palsy and then with cerebellum atrophy. Once she was diagnosed with an atrophy we decided to move our little family from Queensland to Melbourne in hope of better medical support.

In January 2015 she was diagnosed with INAD.

Indie can no longer move by herself, is PEG fed, cannot communicate and will lose her sight and hearing.

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Our goal is to make Indie's life as happy and comfortable as possible. With doing the things she enjoys and making memories that will stay with our family forever is all that we want
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What is Infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy (INAD)?

Infantile Neuroaxonal dystrophy is a rare genetic disorder affecting the nerve axons (which are responsible for conducting messages) in the brain and other parts of the body, causing a progressive loss of vision and of physical and mental skills.

What is the cause?
INAD is caused by an abnormal build-up of substances in the nerves throughout the brain and body, which prevents them working properly. These deposits (sometimes called spheroid bodies, because of their appearance under the microscope) are found particularly in the nerve endings going to muscles, skin and conjunctiva (around the eyes).

How common is it?
This is uncertain, but the incidence is likely to be less than 1:200,000.

How does the disease progress?
The infant’s development starts to slow down between the ages of six months and two years. Over the following years they will lose skills previously learned and vision will become increasingly impaired and, eventually, lost. Nystagmus (rapid, wobbly eye movements) and squints may be the first signs of this.
They will become hypotonic (floppy), especially in the legs and body (more so than in the arms). Over the course of several years, the child becomes as dependent as a newborn baby again, often physically very stiff (spastic) and eventually loses all understanding or real awareness of their surroundings.

The condition is not a painful one and the child will be unaware of what is happening in the later stages of the disease. The brain’s control of the muscles responsible for chewing, coughing and swallowing eventually become affected, so that assistance with a feeding tube may be needed, and chestiness will develop and may lead to infections and increasing physical weakness.

Eventually the combination of the diseased brain and physical weakness becomes too great to sustain life, and death usually occurs between the ages of five to ten years. Parents and carers will be aware of the child’s increasing frailty, and death is usually relatively peaceful and expected when the time comes.


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Emma Kabalan
44 months ago
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Saw Indies story in The Frankston Leader how touching and what a beautiful little girl you have. I run a cake decorating business in Langwarrin and would love to donate a special cake or cupcakes for her fairy party on her making memories list. When the time comes please contact me. Wishing you the very best. Emma x

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Kathryn Louise
44 months ago

How can i contact you to give you a personal gift

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Kellie Moore
51 months ago

You guys are surrounded by people who really care. Be safe in the knowledge that we are here.

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Kellie Moore
53 months ago

I wish your family noting but the best. I will endeavor to do what I can to increase this funding as much as possible. Much love. Kell & the Romeo Boys

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Bec Lawford
58 months ago

Thank you everyone who has donated :-)

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Created May 22, 2014
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Meg Davide
24 months ago

I became aware of Indie through my friend Fee Denny (Make a Wish). All my best wishes to a very special and brave family. Im sorry i couldnt give you more x

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25 months ago
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26 months ago
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27 months ago
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Debbie Smythe
27 months ago

God bless this little angel and her loving family. My donation is not much, but it is given with true heart.

Emma Kabalan
44 months ago
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Saw Indies story in The Frankston Leader how touching and what a beautiful little girl you have. I run a cake decorating business in Langwarrin and would love to donate a special cake or cupcakes for her fairy party on her making memories list. When the time comes please contact me. Wishing you the very best. Emma x

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Kathryn Louise
44 months ago

How can i contact you to give you a personal gift

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Kellie Moore
51 months ago

You guys are surrounded by people who really care. Be safe in the knowledge that we are here.

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Kellie Moore
53 months ago

I wish your family noting but the best. I will endeavor to do what I can to increase this funding as much as possible. Much love. Kell & the Romeo Boys

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Bec Lawford
58 months ago

Thank you everyone who has donated :-)

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