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Friday 20 October 2017

Plea to help Sophie walk without help

THE parents of Sophie Nolan are appealing for a final push to send their daughter to the US for life-changing surgery.

The operation will mean that Sophie will be able to kiss her wheelchair, called 'Bella', goodbye.

Brave Sophie (4) from Balgriffin has Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diaplegia. She is in constant pain because of intense muscle cramps in her legs and is kept awake at night with the pain, especially after a day of running about like a normal child.

Sophie regularly falls over and her first weeks in school have left her black and blue, her mum Catriona said.

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The operation, called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), costs €80,000 and the family are thrilled that Sophie was suitable for the surgery.

"She'll be left with very little symptoms. While she'll always have Cerebral Palsy her leg muscles will grow," her mum said.

Sophie is booked in at the St Louis Children's Hospital for July next year. But the bill for the surgery and aftercare is much higher than Catriona and her husband Ross were expecting. They need another €35,000 and the family are hopeful they will meet the target.

Donations to the Step Up For Sophie campaign cans be made to Permanent TSB A/C No 22946185 Sort Code 990616.

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