Funds for walking aid device

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My name is Lee Hobbs and I am trying to raise funds for a walking aid device for my sister in law, who suffered a stroke last year whilst giving birth.  This is her story……….

On January 11, last year, Kasia went into hospital, to have a routine induction and give birth to her first child. In the early hours of January 12, Kasia suffered a massive bleed (Haemorrhagic Stroke) on the right side of her brain. She was transferred immediately to a specialist neurological hospital, where she had an Emergency Caesarean Section and life-saving Brain Surgery.

The Stroke has left the devastating effects of partial paralysis in her left arm and leg and weakness in the left side of her face. At only 36 years of age, I'm sure you can appreciate how crushing this is for her. The severe aftermath of this stroke has left Kasia unable to go out on walks with her child, despite having treatment for the past year. The main reason for her inability to walk is that she still has to wear a rigid ankle splint to allow her to walk. The splint causes her a lot of pain and prevents her from bending her knee, meaning that all the movement has to come from her hip. The knock-on effect of this is that she can only walk very short distances before pain and fatigue of her hip muscles brings her to a standstill.

Recently I saw a revolutionary new brace called the C-brace on the news which will allow Kasia to walk further and reduce the pain caused during ambulation. This is a very exciting product, as eventually this may retrain her brain and allow her to walk unaided.

I am sure that I do not need to stress how important this would be to Kasia and her family but as great as it sounds, it is unaffordable to them. Kasia cannot have any more children as the risk of her having another stroke is too high. Needless to say, this is her only chance of enjoying her baby and the C-brace could help her to have more independence and enjoy the “simple things” in life, such as going for a walk with her daughter and husband or a trip to the seaside. They have always enjoyed these simple things which have now become impossible, as Kasia needs to be pushed in a wheelchair and their daughter needs pushing in a pram. My brother, try as he might, just can’t do this by himself. The C-brace would change this as Kasia could walk and they could push their daughter and enjoy something of a “normal life”. They have had a long year of suffering and being apart and if I succeed in raising the funds for the C-brace, I know it would grant Kasia the freedom that she so desires. This is why I am asking you to help.

My goal is to raise £60,000 (approx. $92,000) to pay for the C-brace. This was the price quoted to me by the UK distributor. I understand this is a significant amount of money but I feel with the generosity of the people that visit the GO FUND ME website; we can achieve this goal and give Kasia back her freedom.

Please help me reach this target with your donations/sponsorship and rest assured that your money will change Kasia’s life.

Please see the following web link to witness for yourself the dramatic transformation an individual undergoes, when they switch from a rigid ankle splint to the C-brace. https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KLqIrcZdpU5mUA9DB2BQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTByYXI3cnIwBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDBGdwb3MDNA--?p=c+brace&vid=8576a2d5bdaede41ecc357a5a34fb6ad&l=2%3A26&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608053570123270512%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dz3LpPCWzs7M&tit=Del%26%2339%3Bs+C-Brace+Story&c=3&sigr=11bb0mkn9&sigt=10nviin38&sigi=11r86bena&age=1376060961&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Av&fr=hp-avast&vm=r&tt=b

Thank you.
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Dear Friends,

I wanted to update you on the current status, regarding the C-Brace for Kasia. There is some bad news but also some good news. We recently had the second assessment with the Orthotists from Germany and it turns out that Kasia’s leg is ‘too strong’ for this product. It is actually designed for the flaccid knee and it will not bend Kasia’s knee, as we were originally told. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we have had alternative products suggested to us, we have trialed them and they work. The new products are an: Ankle-Foot-Orthosis (AFO) with a hinge and dorsiflex assist, an electroinc stimulator with heel switch and a dynamic movement orthosis. With your blessing, we would like to use your money to purchase these products and although different, will do the same job for Kasia. I will try to explain how these new products work but you may have to walk a bit to see what I mean. Firstly, the AFO will be custom made for Kasia’s leg and will be padded around her ankle with a special kind of padding, to reduce pain. In addition, it has a ‘neuro-insole’ which should help to reduce the spasticity in her leg. The dorsiflex assist part of this product will lift Kasia’s toes as she has foot drop (this is where the nerve signals do not reach the muscles near the shin and the toes drag across the floor) and reduce the energy needed for walking. You may also remember me telling you that Kasia cannot bend her left knee while walking and for this we will be using the electronic stimulator. This product has pads that can be placed over her hamstring muscles (the muscles in the back of the thigh, which bend the knee) and as she stands on the heel switch, electricity will stimulate the hamstring muscle, causing her knee to bend, this will improve her walking speed, balance and increase sensory feedback (this refers to feeling, which has been affected due to the bleed Kasia suffered), it is also hoped that continuous stimulation over a period of time, will help her to regain voluntary control of these muscles. The last product is a dynamic movement orthosis, which will be worn on her arm. This product is made from lycra and has reinforced panels to position Kasia’s arm away from her body. Currently her arm is positioned in a fixed flexor pattern, due to spasticity. To best explain this, take your left arm and place the palm of your left hand on your right thigh. Now imagine trying to walk that way without moving your left arm. The dynamic movement orthosis will be designed to hold Kasia’s arm away from her body and allow her to walk more freely. This will allow her to regulate her stride length and take equal steps but it will also improve her balance and provide continuous proprioceptive (proprioception is the awareness of the position of a body part in space) feedback to her arm. All in all, although these products are different, they will be doing the same job of helping Kasia to walk further and most importantly, without pain, with the added benefits that I have stated above. I hope you do not mind us using your money for these product, as it is for the same reason, albeit, via a different vehicle. The last piece of good news is that they cost a lot less. The AFO will costs just over £700, the electronic stimulator will cost around £1500 plus VAT and the dynamic movement orthosis costs approximately £1000. The total is £3500. Therefore, I am reducing the fund target to £4000, which is the cost of these products plus the fee’s the website subtracts for advertising. If you have any questions or queries, then please feel free to contact me. We thank you for your ongoing support; it really is making a difference to our lives.

Warmest regards,

Gary and Kasia
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I'm so proud of my brother, he managed to get our campaign onto the radio. Read the story here: http://www.bobfm.co.uk/news/local-news/letchworth-man-bids-to-raise-60000-after-sister-in-laws-devastating-stroke/
And listen to Bob FM
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Thanks so much guys for everything so far. Please can i ask for you all to keep sharing the link with everyone you can.
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