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Groovy Gracie

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Gracie and Olivia were born on the 30th of October 2012 by emergency caesarian. They were suffering from a rare form of twin to twin transfusion which left them fighting for their lives. They were born at 28 weeks gestation and weighed less than 2lbs. Gracie spent 5 weeks in intensive care and a further 10 weeks in special care until she was finally well enough to come home. Despite their troubled start in life Olivia spent 12 weeks in hospital but is now a happy healthy three year old who has no long standing problems. Gracie was diagnosed early on in life as being profoundly deaf and more recently diagnosed as having diplegic cerebral palsy. Gracie's cerebral palsy means that she is unable to stand or run around with her sister and finds every day tasks very difficult. Gracie can not yet crawl or sit unaided and needs help with all aspects of every day life.

Gracie is a very happy sociable little girl and despite all of the problems she has had to over come she is always smiling. Gracie has an amazing relationship with her sister who can often be seen running backwards and forwards collecting toys and food for Gracie. Gracie loves animals and enjoys her regular visits to the zoo, the giraffes are her favourite!

In September 2014 Gracie was lucky enough to have an operation to help her hear. Gracie under went a 6 hour operation to have cochlear implants fitted. Gracie's hearing is improving every day and she has just recently said her first word, hello. Gracie can be heard saying this to everyone she now meets and is very impressed with herself!! Since learning to hear Gracie can be very noisy and vocal especially when she spots a cat in the garden.

Since January 2015 Gracie has been receiving private physiotherapy which has been funded by ourselves with the assistance of family. Gracie has been going to Sophia's House in Bursledon twice a week where she has been receiving physio. Since January Gracie has made more progress than we had ever imagined was possible. Gracie is working with her physiotherapist to learn to support her body using her hands and knees. Continuing with the weekly physiotherapy will enable Gracie to become stronger and hopefully allow her to become more independent. Gracie loves to be able to do things herself with out relying on someone else. To continue with the physiotherapy will allow Gracie to reach her full potential.

We are fundraising to raise money to assist with the cost of the weekly physio.


  • Ruth Lee
    • £40 
    • 4 yrs


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