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INSPIRED #6

KATIE’S STORY Ten year

KATIE’S STORY Ten year old Alder Hey Ambassador, and guest editor, Katie from Cheshire is a remarkable girl who has been helping Alder Hey raise vital funds for many years. After development problems with her movement as a baby, Katie was diagnosed with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, a form of cerebral palsy marked by tense muscles and spasms. Following her diagnosis Katie began coming to Alder Hey for physiotherapy and annual check-ups to keep a close eye on her spine and hip development in case her spine became very twisted. Katie’s family were told she would have to undergo surgery when she was seven years old but they knew when the time came Katie would face it with a smile on her face. In February 2015 Katie underwent major surgery to improve her posture and help with her standing and walking. After nine hours in theatre she then had to endure six weeks lying on her back – a difficult task for someone as bubbly as Katie! In May 2017, after being given botox in her legs to help relax her muscle tone, Katie underwent further surgery to remove blade plates which were fitted during her first surgery. Despite having been through so much Katie has always had a positive attitude. Mum Clare said: “Katie gets on with what she needs to do in life with a smile on her face. She’ll pass children on the 24 Katie’s story

“ Everyone at Alder Hey has always been very kind to me “ ALDER HEY AMBASSADOR & GUEST EDITOR corridor in Alder Hey and be concerned that they’re unwell. She doesn’t see herself as poorly and I’m proud of how she deals with all her appointments.” Katie has been an active supporter and fundraiser for Alder Hey Children’s Charity helping to promote the Matalan #getyourstripes and #getspotted campaigns, participating in Oli’s Safari Walk, involving her school, and even recording a voiceover for a film about life in Alder Hey which was displayed in the Tate Liverpool in 2017. “Everyone at Alder Hey has always been very kind to me; the nurses, my surgeon Mr Colin Bruce, Jo and the rest of the physiotherapy and hydrotherapy team. They are all helping me to get strong again.” Katie is now able to walk unaided, albeit only a few steps at a time, but her positivity has rubbed off on almost everyone she meets “I’m so proud of Katie,” explains Clare. “She has come such a long way. She is constantly smiling and just loves to help and cheer up other people.” HAS KATIE’S STORY INSPIRED YOU TO FUNDRAISE? Every year about 275,000 children from all around the UK are treated by the hospital and thanks to the research at Alder Hey, many of their lives are transformed. A donation of just £5 a month can help more remarkable young people like Katie. Visit www.alderheycharity.org for more information. Katie’s story 25

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