Lara was our unexpected blessing. There was only 20 months between her and Alexandra. So you can imagine life was busy! We had just moved to Brisbane, Katelin was in grade one…Tom was at Kindy and then there was a toddler and a baby at home. I knew that something wasn’t right…but…what Mother (or Father) want to think that their child is anything but perfect? We struggled on with a child that didn’t eat well. Didn’t sleep well. Wasn’t like any newborn we’d had before.
At 6 weeks we were re-admitted to hospital for “failure to thrive”. Lara had lost weight and wasn’t feeding well. This started the game I affectionately refer to as “ologist bingo”. We saw many specialists for her issues….and yet none could give us any answers. The MRI showed a normal (but small) brain. The genetic testing showed no trans-locations or deletions. Finally at around five months we were given the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. Lara also has microcephaly, epilepsy and vision impairment.
This year sees us trying to raise much needed funds to help support Lara’s everyday needs. Money raised on this fundraising page will help ease the financial pressure of specialised equipment, home modifications, ongoing therapies and any other costs for Lara which come up. We appreciate your help in getting us there. x.