Life For A Kid Jumped on board to offer 100% support to the Ruby Leigh Appeal in 2013/14.
On the 18th December 2007 Ruby-Leigh was born nine weeks early.
When she failed to meet certain milestones her Parents suspected something was wrong.
In February 2009 Ruby-Leigh was diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy called Spastic Diplegia.
It was a massive shock especially when doctors cannot say what Ruby-Leigh will be able to do in later life like walk, dress, personal care etc.
Ruby-Leigh was 5 when she needed daily physiotherapy sessions, although she could sit up she was very unstable and needed supervision at all times, she couldn’t stand independently and relied on a walking frame to get around.
Despite her physical challenges, Ruby-Leigh is a bright little girl and is becoming a chatterbox just like her sister!
She is a very determined and really tries her hardest at whatever life throws at her.
Unfortunately Ruby-Leigh’s condition won’t improve, her bones will weaken due to the strain the spasticity in her muscles puts on them, by the time Ruby-Leigh goes through puberty it’s pretty much set in stone that she will be 100% wheelchair bound as her muscles will be far too tight and her bones far too weak and be riddled with arthritis.
The only way to stop her legs from progressively degenerating is to have surgery called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)
The surgery cuts away the spastic nerves leaving just the healthy ones behind, Ruby-Leigh will then be able to with intense Physio, move around and hopefully walk independently and more importantly take away the pain and muscle spasms.
Life For A Kid helped raise £27687.94 for Ruby to have the operation.
Help come from many sources including Premiership Footballer Micah Richards and Rugby League Player And LFAK charity patron Aaron Heremaia who donated his 2013 Challenge Cup final shirt which brought in £250 for the appeal.