Parents’ plea for cash support to give tot a better life after suffering stroke and brain haemorrhages at birth

A little girl from Peterborough who has been left with cerebral palsy after suffering major bleeds on the brain when she was just two days old is seeking help with costs of rehabilitation and therapy.

Monday, 13th July 2020, 5:30 am
Raising funds to help with costs of Olivia’s rehabilitation and therapy. EMN-200907-132643001

Premature baby Olivia Neumann suffered a stroke, and grade two and four brain haemorrhages at just two days old.

This caused massive damage, leaving her with cerebral palsy and delayed physical and mental development.

Just4Children are raising funds to help with costs of Olivia’s rehabilitation and therapy to give her a better quality of life.

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Parents Dariusz Neumann and Marzena Okrasa-Neumann, of Apollo Avenue, are now working with charity Just4Children to raise £7,500 towards the considerable costs of therapy to give her a better quality of life.

Mum Marzena says: “Olivia was in the care of the NHS therapists since she was four months old. Nevertheless, they did nothing to help her, apart from telling us her actual state. I don’t want to think what could have happened if it wasn’t for the private therapist.”

Marzena added: “Despite the hard, daily and often painful rehabilitation, Olivia is an incredibly cheerful child. Every new thing that she learns makes her extremely happy.

“I know that Olivia has still a long way to catch up with her peers. I hope that intensive and long-term rehabilitation will make it possible. Nevertheless, this type of care and therapy costs a huge amount of money.”

She said: “Olivia is an amazing child who has suffered a lot already. We still have at least a few years of rehabilitation ahead of us, but I know it’s worth it. It is worth to fight for a better tomorrow.”

Or you can call the charity direct on: 0800 1691601.