New therapy hope for Ballygowan girl

Published Friday, 30 May 2014
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The family of a young Ballygowan girl are trying a new form of therapy which they hope will improve her independence and mobility.

Natasha Falls was born with a rare chromosome disorder.

The seven-year-old has already undergone life-saving surgery, and UTV followed her story when she went to Chicago for an important operation in 2008.

"She was just a little over a year," her mum Natalie said.

"We took her out to Chicago to get her treatment for her epilepsy but back here at that stage there wasn't much more that could be done for Natasha.

"We were told really to take her home and enjoy her at that stage."

Just last year Natasha's parents made the difficult decision for her to undergo more radical surgery and there were more complications.

Natalie continued: "Not only was she fighting the one in five chances of survival of surgery, she was actually fighting influenza as well. And to this day her surgeon still maintains that she is a little miracle - that you or I may not have pulled through what she went through."

Natasha is now receiving private therapy, not available through the health service, that her parents feel could change her life.

Her mother went on: "The therapy is a hands on approach and it is to encourage Natasha to have the independence as much as she can on her own without using equipment.

"So that is the difference in the therapies she has had in the past and therapies she has now."

But the treatment is costly, meaning Natasha's family will have to beginning fundraising, but they feel that after only two sessions there has been a positive change.

"Unbelievable, the laughs and smiles off her," Natalie said. "We have seen more smiles through her therapy sessions that what we would actually see at home on a daily basis.

"She is really enjoying the one to one interaction and she is enjoying the exercise that she is doing."

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Andrea Brown in Moira wrote (90 days ago):
This little fighter just keeps on fighting well done to all of you. I hope UTV keep us posted xxx
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