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Thursday 20 July 2017

Brave Faith (3) just short of fundraising target for US surgery

Little Faith Brown (3) is just short of her fundraising target for the surgery that her family hope will change her life
Little Faith Brown (3) is just short of her fundraising target for the surgery that her family hope will change her life
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A brave Irish girl is just €30,000 short of the €100,000 fundraising target needed for life-changing surgery in the US.

Faith Brown (3), whose campaign attracted support from Irish football star James McClean, is now within sight of raising the funds required to allow her to undergo pioneering Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery at St Louis University Hospital in Missouri.

The little girl from Castletownroche in north Cork is hoping for an early surgery date.

Faith was born with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which means she cannot move unassisted.

A number of Irish children have benefited from SDR surgery, which allows the patient to regain some form of normal limb movement.

Faith's parents Lisa and Dave have waged a tireless campaign to raise the €100,000 required to fund the surgery and Faith's lengthy post-operation rehabilitation.

Now, award-winning Irish Independent photographer Mark Condren is to host a special photo-lecture in aid of the 'Hope For Faith' campaign.

Mark will host the photo-lecture at 7.30pm in Castletownroche Community Centre on May 22.

"We all just want Faith to live a pain-free, independent life and this operation in St Louis is what we are counting on to transform her life," Lisa said.

Irish Independent

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