Shuhaney, a year 9 student at Hyde Community College has been diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, which means she has stiff, paralysed legs, so she cannot stand or walk, and needs help for many daily activities.
Recently, Shuhaney has been offered a new spinal operation to be carried out at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust by consultant Neurosurgeon Miss Pettorini, to greatly relieve her leg spasticity, after which she will need intensive physiotherapy for many months to strengthen her muscles and improve her balance. The hope is that within a year she will be able to walk again.
Unfortunately, the operation, which is scheduled for this September, is not currently funded by the NHS. But hearing her plight, the Caudwell Children’s Charity has raised an appeal for Shuhaney to fully fund her operation and her prolonged rehabilitation.
For most young ladies, the thought of having their long luscious locks cut really short is enough to make them want to run a mile, but not Shuhaney, who said goodbye to her long hair while her fellow students, college staff and friends who had all sponsored her, cheered her on as she raised a huge £1000 in sponsorship on her final day of school to help raise funds to aid her treatment as well as helping others.
Shuhaney’s mum, Jaya, a full time carer for Shuhaney and her 7year old son Nimesh, who is also disabled, was also on hand to support her daughter’s brave challenge by helping with the cut, and commented that Shuhaney had told her that she had wanted to do something outstanding to celebrate her last day at the end of term and decided on having her long luxurious hair cut really short in order to highlight this debilitating condition. Shuhaney also told her ‘it would be great if the hair she’d had cut off could then be sent to a specialist wig maker for young patients who have lost their hair due to treatment.’
That’s where Natalie Hirst, an Ashton based freelance Hair & Beauty specialist who owns ‘Colour me Crazy’ came along to carefully cut Shuhaney’s long locks in such a way as to make Shuhaney’s 18” hair acceptable to ‘The Little Princess Trust’ a charity who provide real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Deputy Headteacher, Paul Thompson, commented that on the day, ‘as well as all the staff and visitors who’d generously agreed to sponsor Shuhaney, the college was also having a non-uniform day – each student had been asked to make a donation in return for not wearing their uniform.” He added that having raised £1000 he hopes that every penny of it will help Shuhaney reach her goal!
After the cut, the College’s Head Teacher, Andrea Radcliffe presented the college’s cheque to a very happy Shuhaney.
If anybody of our generous readers would like to add their support to this brave young lady, to help Shuhaney walk, please donate online at: http://www.justgiving.com/helpshuhaneywalk