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Fundraising Effort Attempts to Offset Cerebral Palsy Medical Costs

In Owls Head, Massachusetts lives a 5 year-old girl who is currently in a full body cast with a special attachment to keep her legs open in order to help properly align her hips. Makayla O’Hara-Damon was born with cerebral palsy, and suffers from many physical and neurological issues.

Preventing disabling scoliosis

On May 18th, Makayla had surgery at the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts in order to correct a hip dislocation. Additionally, the surgery will hopefully help to prevent the development of scoliosis. The full body cast will stay on for 10 weeks after which, Makayla will return to Shriners Hospitals to be re-evaluated and potentially offered more corrective services.

Before the surgery and the full-body cast, Makayla was unable to walk and required the use of a wheelchair and other specialized equipment. Consequently, Makayla’s family needed a van that could accommodate a heavy wheelchair. While the hope is that one day Makayla will walk, it will not be without a lot of hard work and perseverance.

Specialized medical van

When Makayla’s community heard about the need to purchase a specialized vehicle, they organized a three-day benefit yard sale/bake sale from June 24-26 to help fund the large purchase. Additionally, helpers are collecting flip-top tabs from cans, as Shriners Hospital trades those tabs in to help buy medical equipment for Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Shriners Burn Centers.

Cerebral palsy requires a lot of specialized equipment that can be very difficult to pay for, but is often a child’s best hope of learning to function at the most normal level possible.

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