Rotherham parents awaiting funding decision over treatment

Two year old Daisy Garforth who suffers from cerebal palsy with parents Lee & Hollie
Two year old Daisy Garforth who suffers from cerebal palsy with parents Lee & Hollie
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PARENTS of a little girl with cerebral palsy are waiting to find out if the NHS will fund a vital treatment that could change her life.

Daisy Garforth, aged two, suffered brain damage at birth and now has problems sitting up, talking and eating properly.

Her dad Lee, aged 36, said: “The connections between her brain and her muscles were damaged and new connections need to be made.”

Lee and his wife Hollie, 27, of Kiveton Park, Rotherham, were advised to take Daisy to the specialist Bobath Centre in London, where advanced therapy achieved huge improvements.

Lee said: “She has done so well since she visited the centre in June. Her head control has improved and she can sit up so much better.”

Daisy’s parents want to take her to London every six months, but there are question marks over how frequently the NHS will fund the £4,000 treatments.

With travel and accommodation the sum soars to £6,000 for each two-week session.

The couple were initially told NHS Rotherham would only fund one trip a year - leaving Lee and Hollie needing to raise another £6,000. A trust spokeswoman said more regular treatments may be funded if Daisy’s consultant agrees there is ‘clinical need’.