THE family of a girl who suffered a brain injury at birth are holding a fundraiser to pay for specialist treatment in the US and a new wheelchair.
Taylor Dobbs (5) suffered a brain injury when she was starved of oxygen during her birth at Sheffield Teaching Hospital’s Jessop Wing in October 2013.
Taylor, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, has no independent mobility, is visually impaired and requires a feeding tube, will require specialist care for the rest of her life.
Her family are working with specialist medical negligence lawyers to secure compensation but are also fundraising to ensure she can access different forms of therapy.
A fundraising casino night will be held tomorrow (31) at The Station Pub in Kiveton Park.
Funds raised at the event will go towards buying a new wheelchair that Taylor, of Dinnington, now requires after having surgery to correct the curvature of her spine.
Proceeds will also help fund her second round of specialist anat baniel neuromovement therapy in the US.
The therapy offers a holistic approach to human functioning and action and it provides a range of exercises designed to make the brain more receptive to movement.
Mum Suzie Oates (36) said: “We are so proud of Taylor and everything she has been able to achieve so far.
“She is always smiling and happy and never lets her condition define her.
“All we want is what is best for her and we are determined to do what we can to help Taylor get the best from life.
“The spinal surgery she has recently undergone has essentially changed her body shape so she now requires another wheelchair, while the therapy in the US made a major difference when she had it back in 2018.
“We’d love to be able for her to have more, but need help to make it happen.
“We hope that this casino night captures the imagination and that people enjoy dressing up and having a bit of fun. Any support would undoubtedly make a massive difference.”
Georgina Houston, the specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, who are actinh for the family, said: “Taylor is an incredible young girl who has faced so much in her life so far but has always shown incredible courage and resilience.
“Taylor's mum, Suzie, is a remarkable woman who is wholly committed to helping Taylor in any way she can and this upcoming casino night is undoubtedly a great idea.
“We are delighted to be offering up a raffle prize for the event and also hope that plenty of people will head along to have some fun and raise some vital funds in the process. It really could make a major difference to this little girl’s life.”
The event at The Station pub starts at 7.30pm and is set to feature five casino tables, as well as a luxury raffle and fruit machines.
Live entertainment will also be on offer and the theme is to “dress to impress”.
Tickets are priced at £15. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Suzie on 07887 927858.