A 2-year-old GIRL may be given her first chance to walk and talk – by her little brother.
Isla Duffy was deprived of oxygen at birth and suffered from cerebral palsy, which affected her movement and coordination.
She cannot sit, crawl, walk or speak on her own, but is ready for a breakthrough medical treatment using bruv Leo’s stem cells.
They were taken from his umbilical cord at birth five months ago – then frozen and tested.
They have been found to be able to rival Isla – and have the potential to replace damaged cells in Isla’s body and allow them to regenerate.
Parents Sim and Emily, both 32, from Stockport, Gtr Manchester, are now trying to raise £25,000 for stem cell therapy treatment in North Carolina, USA.
Isla was delivered prematurely at 27 weeks and suffered brain damage due to complications from Emily’s pregnancy. She spent 107 days in the hospital.
Sim, a commercial finance broker, said, “We knew this treatment was a viable option for Isla, so we were thrilled when Emily got pregnant again.”
“It was a great relief when the doctors told us Leo was the one.
“It means that with this treatment, Isla now has a real chance.”
To boost Isla’s fund visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/littlemissislathesmiler