Let's Help Isabella's "Wish to Walk"

Our daughter, Isabella, is an identical twin and was born prematurely at 31 weeks gestation. She weighed a tiny 4lb 3oz at birth and required CPAP to assist with her breathing. She also struggled with weight gain and needed a Long Line procedure to help with this. After 35 days in the NICU at Broomfield Hospital she was discharged.

Over the next year, we noticed that Isabella was missing milestones. There was a drastic difference in her mobility in comparison to her twin sister, Scarlett. Her consultant at Broomfield Hospital discharged Scarlett, but Isabella has remained in his clinic.

When she was 11 months old, she was referred to see a physiotherapist who we saw monthly. With the help of the physiotherapist, Isabella can now sit unaided but is very unsteady. She has also learnt to crawl but glides her legs as she can not lift them.

At 22 months old, Isabella had an MRI scan done on her brain and spine. The results showed that she has Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) which is a type of brain injury. This confirmed the diagnosis of Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy.


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