Martha McCarthy

Martha McCarthy

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Martha is Diagnosed with Epilepsy

Martha has this week been formally diagnosed with epilepsy. Martha has been having "petit-mal" type seizures for a few months and she was referred to a paediatrician at Frimley Park Hospital to investigate.

Martha having an EEG at St Peters

Martha attended St Peters hospital for an electroencephalograph (EEG). The preliminary results have shown that she has generalised seizures (meaning both sides of the brain are affected). Martha has now been referred to a specialist who will hopefully find the right treatment for Martha to minimise the impact of this going forwards.

Martha Enjoys her Harvest Festival

Martha recently took part in her school Harvest Festival by helping sing "Dingle Dangle Scarecrow" dressed as a farmer.

Martha at her school Harvest Festival
As you can see from the picture and note that the school sent home, Martha did some excellent standing, something that she wouldn't have been able to do a few months ago. Martha is getting stronger and has recently shown (in her walker for support) that she wants to move around independently. Excellent progress Martha....well done...!!!

Erly Runners Support Martha

The Erly Runners completed a 10k sponsored run around Virginia Water in September

Erly Runners warm up for their sponsored run for Martha

The runners raised £1993.30 (almost doubling their target). This is an amazing total for all their hard work. Thanks to everyone who took part, helped or sponsored this event - Martha will significantly benefit from this generous support.

Hannah Helps Martha

Hannah, one of Martha's neighbours, decided she wanted to do some fundraising for Martha and completed a sponsored swim collecting an amazing £171.

Hannah with Martha and Orla
Hannah managed to swim 25 lengths of the pool. Many thanks to Hannah and her Mum and Dad for all their hard work in completing the sponsored swim and collecting such a fantastic amount of money for Martha - it really is appreciated.

Martha Attends her Summer Footsteps Session

Martha attended the Footsteps Centre for a second time this year for her summer session of intensive physiotherapy

Martha's Footsteps Certificate
Thank you to everyone who helped with fundraising to send Martha to the Footsteps Centre. It is making a big difference to Martha and her family.

Holiday Time for Martha and her Family

Martha went on a lovely holiday in Devon to help celebrate her Nana and Granddad's 50th Wedding Anniversary

Martha and her extended family on holiday in Devon
Martha really enjoyed spending time with her cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents in a lovely converted barn that was designed with easy access for wheelchair users.

Well Done to Martha

Martha received a "Well Done" from her class for working very hard this year at school

Martha working hard at school in her standing frame
Martha can now consistently place rings on a ring stacker with minimal support

Well done Martha...!!!

Martha Celebrates as School Term Ends

Martha celebrated at her school end of term assembly when she received an achievement award for progress with her Independence Skills

Martha's certificate of Achievement
Martha was very happy when she went up on stage in front of the whole school to receive her certificate.