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A Chair For Ashleigh

£603 of £2,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 13 months

Ashleigh is a 22 year old woman who has had a difficult life growing up, as she has Autism , Bronchial Asthma , Learning Disability , Rheumatoid Arthritis , Type 1 Diabetes , Mental Health problems/issues  and  Sleep Apnea , she has 3 other brothers who are all on the Autistic spectrum and all have other issues also. So life in the household can be stressful and very difficult being the only girl ( not including her mum ), but it got far far more difficult for Ashleigh on the 25th of April this year (2018). Ashleigh was fighting an infection  that weekend and due to this infection a large swelling appeared on her upper thigh, we (Mum and Dad) took her to the G.P.  and we where told that it was an abscess and was given antibiotics , come 25th her younger brother found her turning blue and fighting for breath, we thought it was an Asthma attack, but even after treatment (we have a Asthma Ventilator ) she was not responding, I called an ambulance.
Next thing we were in the Hospital in the relatives room being sat down by the surgeon  and getting told that our daughter was very ill and surgery was imperative , 20 Mins later she was in surgery fighting for her life as she had developed necrotizing fasciitis  in the part of the thigh that was suspected of being a Abscess.
Ashleigh had part of her upper thigh and almost half of her groin skin removed to the deep fascia leaving no protection and permanent nerve damage meaning secondary infection  is a very high risk and this became a reality all too soon after being admitted to I.C.U.  her kidney's started to fail and then went into complete renal failure,  and then she developed a chest and ear infection, Ashleigh then had to learn how to walk again. This very restricted and will be for the long term, she can walk very short distances with the aid of crutches and assistance  but most of movement will be in a wheelchair ( when she will be allowed to go out), Ashleigh was in hospital for 6 weeks and now is at home.
Even though she is at home her treatment has not ended and will not end for at least a year as this type of wound has to heal in a certain way called granulation therapy  This therapy is trying to avoid skin grafts but has little to no chance of nerve revival.
Ashleigh has a after care team consisting of Nurses , occupation therapist , carers  and physiotherapists , and all the people that was helping her in the past. The problem is she is bed ridden as we have no room to put a bed downstairs so all her visits are in her room.

We are trying to raise funds to get my daughter a bariatric rise/recline chair  so she can have a better quality of life and be with her family and also a bit more independent as well as seeing all her visitors in a better environment . 

We would like to have the funds as soon as possible to help with her recovery and put an order in, as these chairs can take months to prepair as a lot of them are made to measure.

The local authority  and N.H.S.  have been brilliant in providing with equipment (wheelchair, crutches, assistance, medical equipment etc..) to help Ashliegh in her recovery but unfortunately they do not provide these chairs as they are to specialised and as I have stated made to measure.

Not only will this help Ashleigh in her recovery but it will help her be part of the family unit again and not isolated in her room and also give her the comfort to relax and try help in the pain management  even though there is no nerves in the wound itself the rest of her leg and groin have full sensation and like any trauma to your body it will and does hurt.  

Like every parent and carer we try and hope we can help in the ease of our loved ones that are in pain or distress and we can just make that we bit of a difference to put a smile on the face of that person. If this happens then we know that we have achieved something huge and we can sleep better knowing we made a difference.  

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Ashleigh is doing fantastic as she has lost so far 11.5 stone (73kg or 161lbs) and she is losing more each week, her movement is improved to the level where she walks (with crutches) to the her wet-room and up and down the hall landing but stairs are still very much a challenge, she still requires help with sitting and standing.
Now that Ashleigh is now much more mobile she wants to be down stairs with her family but we still do not have the proper seating for her.
As you all should know that we started this fund for us to purchase a specialised chair for Ashleigh to join us in the livingroom and make it far easier for her to get up (from a seating position) and down ( to a seating position) without too much assistance, but we are still very short on the funds and this campaign has stalled, so I ask could you once again help anyway you can and hopefully we will have a chair for Ashleigh by Christmas.

Thank You with all our gratatude
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It has been sometime since we have updated the fund, yes it is still active and no we have not reach the target, but we have not gave up. Ashleigh is getting stronger and is beginning to be more active, she can move ( with the aid of crutches ) small distances and has managed to go down stairs, but going back up is still a very up hill struggle and this causes distress and pain. On the occasions she has been down stairs she has had to sit on a ordinary chair which clearly shows that such a chair will not help or be appropriate for Ashleigh to sit on, making the point that the Rise/recliner is and must happen.
So again please please give a little and help by telling others to give a small amount so we can reach our goal.

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Hi all just to let you all know that Ashleigh's story is in the Local paper ( The East Kilbride News ) and I have attached a link for all those who wish to read the article.
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/young-east-kilbride-woman-who-12976579
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We feel that we haven't posted enough updates, so here it goes, the campaign is going well but as always needs a boost and just this one person/company to help so it can ease our minds that Ashleigh is getting the needed equipment to aid her recovery.
So we have gone to the local paper had an interview and (as far as I know) the story will be printed this week ( Wednesday ) in the East Kilbride News to try get those much needed donations in.
We can't thank the donations and sharers that we have had and the massive love and well wishers that has been said throughout Ashleigh's illness and with complete and utter love and gratitude from the all of us in the Rees household a warm THANK YOU.
Since the start of the fund we have had 2 chair companies looking for us to buy there products but with no discounted funding or some type of deal to make the purchase more doable it sadly feels like I can not purchase anything, and to add insult to injury the prices quoted for the chair needed was far higher by £1500, so clearly they have not looked at the campaign and the goal set.

So again thank you all for being there

Tommy
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