Sofia was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. WHS is a rare condition that causes delayed growth and development, intellectual disability and seizures. People with WHS have problems feeding and gaining weight. They also have weak muscle tone and motor skills and as such sitting, standing and walking are significantly delayed. There are only about 40 people in Australia we know of with WHS.
Sofia is 5 and a half years old. She doesn't speak or walk but always smiles, laughs and loves music. Sofia has been feeding through a tube until only the last few months where she has started to take food orally, which has been major progress. Sofia suffers regular seizures which require constant stays in hospital.
She is a beautiful and happy little girl who touches the heart of everyone who meets her.
Sofia's parents, Gaetano and Amanda, dedicate all their time to her development. Amanda has given up work so she can devote all her time to developing Sofia. This puts significant financial pressure on the family.
Although Sofia doesn't walk, she does sit up on her own and her next goal is to stand and take that first step.
I would like to raise money to support Sofia's ongoing treatments and therapies. In particular, these funds will go towards aids that will help Sofia stand and take that first important step.
Thank you for taking the time to read Sofia's story.
Help me help Sofia.
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