Financial help needed for baby

Car wash set for Saturday

Financial donations are currently being sought for a little baby who at birth suffered a swollen brain and nerve damage resulting in no use from her arms.

Little Donette Thompson

Little Donette Thompson

Little Donette Thompson is nine months old.

Her mother, Noreen Thompson of Birch Tree Hill, West Bay, explained that the brain injury causes the child to act like a three-month-old. While it is yet unknown if the child will eventually walk and talk like a normal child, her mother is hoping that with time her brain can slowly recover and grow normally.

The child also suffers from brachial plexus injuries from birth. Both her arms are affected.

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that conducts signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Brachial plexus injuries are caused by damage to those nerves.

Already a bill of $160,000 has been notched up from the child’s medical treatment and a future visit to Miami for possible surgery on her arms and an MRI scan on her brain will rack that bill up further.

Extensive therapy will also be needed to enable the child to use her arms. There is also the possibility of cortical blindness because of her swollen brain, her mother said.

Anyone interested in helping financially towards this child’s recovery can support the cause by stopping by a fund-raising carwash behind Wendy’s on Seven Mile Beach from 7am to 1pm this Saturday, 6 May.

The charge will be $10 for cars, $15 for SUVs, vans and trucks.

Donations can also be made to Bank of Butterfield account number 02-201-120522.

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