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“Imagine if I get to walk to school” she said, the 10-year-old Esha Ilyas with cerebral palsy living in Mortlake Road, Ilford. Esha was diagnosed with the disease when she was a toddler. Cerebral Palsy mainly affects her walking and balance, making it hard for her to be independent and participate in extracurricular activities with her friends and classmates. She has always relied on a frame to walk and uses a wheelchair for long distance trips. To all who know her, Esha is the bright, bubbly, and lively girl, who is very excited about starting secondary school this September.
In her website, Esha introduces herself and shares her dream with the world, saying,
“Hi, my name is Esha, thanks for visiting my website. I am 10 years old. I have Cerebral Palsy, which mainly affects my legs. There is an operation that Great Ormond Street Hospital can perform on my spine, which will help me walk better. This will mean that I will be able to walk for longer and stand by myself. The operation will cost a lot of money and this is why I have my website, it’s my dream to walk to senior school in 2014. Please help me and my family pay for my much dreamt of operation.”
Manisha Modhvadia, Esha’s mother started the fundraising campaign last October and was able to accumulate $10,652 (£7,799) since then. The operation Esha needs to undergo in order to have a normal life is known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, it includes separating some of the nerves entering the spinal cord to free up constricting muscles. With intensive physiotherapy, doctors said, she would be able to walk unaided. The family wants to raise $49,172 (£36,000) in order to pay for the surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital and other associated expenses.
Hospital doctors recommend that Esha undergoes surgery before she turns 11, thus leaving Miss Modhvadia to raise all the money needed in less than two months time. Currently, the family is holding several charity dinners and community fun days to meet the pending deadline.
Miss Modhvadia believes that this operation can change her daughter’s life. She wants Esha to have a better quality of life, “She’s getting to the age now where she wants to do things for herself and I want her to be independent.”
Barking and Dagenham CVS is in charge of this campaign and is acting as a fund-holder to verify its legitimacy and allow Gift Aid to be claimed on donations. To donate to Esha’s operation fund, please visit www.eshasdreamtowalk.org.uk or go to Justgiving.com.