Kíla was born with Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and Talipes (club foot). At three days old she had surgery to close her back and at six days old she again had surgery to put a shunt in, which is just behind her ear, to drain fluid from her head (as her body can’t do that on it’s own).
She was in Temple Street Hospital for the first two weeks of her life, after which she had weekly visits back to get her casts changed. This went on for around 8 months, after which she was put into boots and bars to keep her feet in the right position. These were extremely awkward.
Through all of this, she has had the biggest smile on her face, which has made it easier for the people that love her. We wouldn’t change her for the world, but we know that she would love to be doing what other kids her age are doing…standing, walking, running, jumping and especially dancing – all the things we take for granted.
Therefore, we are raising funds to send her for intensive therapy at the First Steps clinic in Limerick. It’s going to take a lot of time, effort and money, but if we all work together we can get Kíla out of her wheelchair and onto her feet, taking her first steps.