The parents of an eight-month old boy are appealing for help to fund extensive physiotherapy for their son, after he was struck by a rare neurological disease in July.
Little Olivier was a healthy little boy, up until he was rushed to hospital on July 17, severely unwell.
The boy, who is from Cabra, spent three days in intensive care before he was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis.
Transverse myelitis is an inflammation of both sides of one section of the spinal cord and can interrupt the messages that the spinal cord nerves send throughout the body. This can cause pain, muscle weakness, paralysis, sensory problems, or bladder and bowel dysfunction.
His mum, Ewa Rożyńska, said: “Olivier was 6 months old when he got admitted to hospital. The race against the clock started because Oliviers health was getting worse and worse.
That very rare neurological disease affected the whole spine causing paralysis, respiratory failure, bloated stomach and urine retention. I was devastated watching my son in so much pain and knowing that I couldn’t do anything to help him.
“We could just pray and wait for the treatment to start working. On top of that, Olivier was infected by rotavirus which emaciated his body even more.”
Thankfully, after seven weeks in hospital, Olivier is getting better. His mum says that he can now move his arms, but remains unable to use his legs, and will require intensive and expensive physiotherapy.
Ewa says, however, that the hospital can only provide one hour a week of physio for Olivier, with the family now having to fund any additional treatment.
“The first few months after the incident are the most important in his recovery, so we need to put as much effort as we can to get him back to normal.
“I cannot go back to work as Olivier needs a lot of attention now. Me and my husband Pawel are not able to cover any extra physiotherapy costs from our personal budget.
“We have never asked for any financial help before but now we need to because our son’s health and life depends on it. Please help our dream come true and get Olivier running around with other kids on the field,” Ewa said.
Ewa and Pawel are looking to raise €5000 to contribute towards Olivier’s on-going physio treatment. To donate, visit gofundme.com/f/support-olivier.