By raising funds for Annabelle’s cause we have a clear mission to ensure quality of life for Annabelle is like or if not better than our own.
Within Annabelle’s early years we want to be able to give her daily physio therapy with the use of a therapy spa, to build lower muscle tone and teach her how to sit unaided and to crawl and walk.
We would like to be able to teach Annabelle to talk and eat solid foods and not rely on the liquid formula protein supplements she currently uses as a sole source of nourishment.
We would like to be able to take Annabelle to a normal school and follow the footsteps of her Older & Younger brother and not have to be placed in a special needs school.
These our our current key missions and goals for Annabelle. As we progress with Annabelle’s therapy and progress we will adjust and add to our mission for Annabelle.
CHARGE syndrome is a recognisable (genetic) pattern of birth defects which occurs in about one in every 9,000 to 10,000 births worldwide. It is an extremely complex syndrome, involving extensive medical and physical difficulties that differ from child to child. The vast majority of the time, there is no history of CHARGE syndrome or any other similar conditions in the family.
Babies with CHARGE syndrome are often born with life-threatening birth defects, including complex heart defects and breathing problems. They spend many months in hospital and undergo many surgeries and other treatments. Swallowing and breathing problems make life difficult even when they come home. Most have hearing loss, vision loss, and balance problems which delay their development and communication. All are likely to require medical and educational intervention for many years.
Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, children with CHARGE syndrome often far surpass their medical, physical, educational, and social expectations. One of the hidden features of CHARGE syndrome is the determination and strong character these children display.
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