Little Ella Hunter is only three years old but she’s already faced enough struggles to last a lifetime.
At just six weeks she suffered a bleed on the brain which left her brain damaged.
The knock-on effect meant she is confined to a wheelchair after suffering quadriplegic cerebral palsy with spasticity and dystonia and she can have up to 20 seizures a day.
At the age of one Ella was registered blind. She now doesn’t have a safe swallow and needs to be fed through a peg and she’s gone through two induced comas to twice fight off pneumonia.
The Hexham Priory School pupil is on a concoction of medicines to help her get through each day and her mum, Gemma Edwards, is wanting to raise £40,000 to get her to America for life-changing stem cell treatment to try and repair her brain damage and give her hope for the future.
Desperate Gemma has set up a JustGiving page called ‘Ella’s hope’.
And she has set her sights on taking Ella to the Stem Cell Institute in Panama, Central America, and hopes to get her there by the end of this year.
“I want to take Ella to Panama city in America, for stem cell treatment where she will receive 40 million expanded allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells which will try and help repair the brain damage. This isn’t a guarantee though,” said Gemma, 25, of Hexham, Northumberland.
“We could travel all the way there and it might not be successful but we could go all that way there and give her the best possible chance in life. It could reduce seizures, reduce spasms, help with her vision, the possibilities are endless and I have read amazing reviews and stories from this clinic.”